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Mystery and marvel: The leopard, the dog and the squirrel

Mystery and marvel: The leopard, the dog and the squirrel

This week we are sharing a Central African tale about stealing. To fully understand this tale and the way it was written we recommend you read our introduction to our folklore series.
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One day, the leopard made a peanut garden. It bore many peanuts.
The squirrel began to steal the leopard’s peanuts. He didn’t steal just one or two, but he was stealing them all the time. But the leopard did not know who was stealing his peanuts because he had sent both the squirrel and the dog to guard his garden.

One day the...


Mystery and marvel: The porcupine and the war ants

Mystery and marvel: The porcupine and the war ants

This week we are sharing a Central African tale about the consequences of actions and how we are all connected. To fully understand this tale and the way it was written we recommend you read our introduction to our folklore series.
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The porcupines had cut grass for their houses. They had put it in the sun to dry. One day they went to tie it into bundles. Look, the ants had eaten it all up. While they stood there looking at it and talking about what had happened, one of these white ants, or...


Mystery and marvel: The moon and the sun

Mystery and marvel: The moon and the sun

This week we are sharing a Central African tale about betrayal. To fully understand this tale and the way it was written we recommend you read our introduction to our folklore series.
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In the beginning, so the old men say, the moon and the sun both had children. One day the people of the village went under the moon and the sun. They said, ”We can’t stay outside to hunt food to eat because of the brightness of your children in this place. When we go out we think that we must die because...


Mystery and marvel: Tere and the leopard

Mystery and marvel: Tere and the leopard

This week we are sharing a Central African tale about beauty. To fully understand this tale and the way it was written we recommend you read our introduction to our folklore series. 
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Tere went to talk with the parents of a woman he wanted to take as a wife. The woman’s name was Yinda. When Tere came to Yinda’s house, her parents showed him everything he would need to bring if he wanted to buy their child. In that day there was no money. Men used ankle bracelets of iron, hoes, arrows, and other...


Mystery and marvel

Mystery and marvel

The mystery and marvel of two different cultures meeting is something that deeply fascinates and inspires us. 

Some come from a world of industry, books, experimentation and material proofs. Some walk sidewalks and stairs, speed through space in cars, elevators and airplanes. Some think with computers, charts and calculators rooted in math and electronics. 

Others live close to the land: house, garden, family, tribe, food, birth and death. They walk dirt paths fully grounded with the world around them. They move quickly, quietly and stealthily through grasses, bushes and dusty villages. Many have traveled no farther...