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?
Charlottesville City Schools
To explain where stories come from
The hornet, the snake, and the leopard
Bee - captured in a gourd
Snake - tied to a stick
Leopard - catapulted to the sky
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.
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
Farmers, fishermen, and tailors
Made of mud and thatch
Yams, fish, milk, cheese