The Lion King of Mali Sarah Wood Charlottesville City Schools
Introduction • What is a folktale? • How are folktales presented? • How long can it take to present a story? • How are stories passed from generation to generation? • What are African folktales used for? • Are Africans the only ones who have folktales?
“How Anansi Obtained the Skygod’s Stories” • What is the purpose of this folktale? • What does Anansi want from the Skygod? • What must Anansi bring the Skygod? To explain where stories come from The stories The hornet, the snake, and the leopard
Anansi and the Skygod (continued) Bee - captured in a gourd Snake - tied to a stick Leopard - catapulted to the sky • How did Anansi capture the animals? • What happened to the stories? • Where did stories come from (according to this folktale)? • How did everyone come to know all of these stories? After Anansi left with them, the bag snagged on a branch and and all of the stories escaped and spread over the Earth. From the Skygod The stories were passed down orally from friends and family.
Tricksters • Who is Anansi? • What is a trickster? • What are some other tricksters that we read about today? A popular trickster character who appears in many tales. A trickster is a character who uses their wits to help solve problems, and usually plays jokes on the other people or animals in the stories Irish - leprechauns Native Americans - trickster coyotes Northern Europeans - elves and pixies
“Talk” • Magic is an important part of folktales - it stretches the imagination. • Listen to hear about people who live in far away places. • What do the people do to earn a living? • What kind of homes do they live in? • What kinds of food do they eat?
“Talk” (continued) • How do the people earn their living? • What kind of homes do the people live in? • What kinds of food do they eat? Farmers, fishermen, and tailors Made of mud and thatch Yams, fish, milk, cheese