DetailsImagine yourself seated near a flickering bonfire on an African night, listening to stories told by the elders of the tribe; folklore that passes on tradition, culture, history and manners. Or simply entertains.
The stories in this collection transcend four tribal groupings: Bemba, Nsenga, Chewa and Lozi, and provide a snapshot of the depth and breadth of the richness of Zambian culture and heritage.
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ISBN 9781894431149 Publication Date Apr 1, 2007 Author Chipanshi, Aston, ed. Illustrator McQuarrie, Susan Pages 84 Size 9.00″ x 6.00″
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Literacy takes many forms. Before people had mastered reading and writing skills, storytelling was the tool used to convey morals, values, culture, and history. Bits of African tradition are carefully preserved in this collection of eight tales edited by Aston C. Chipanshi. If your financial resources prohibit a journey to Africa, do not despair. Let the wings of your imagination substitute for wings of a jet. Picture yourself crouching in the shade offered by a teak grove, the flickering flames of a campfire illuminating the velvety darkness of a night sky, the symphony of animal rustlings in the savannah grass, and the calls of nocturnal birds. In the African tradition, embrace the reality of animals who speak. In the first selection "The Leper Who Became A Prince" an eagle offers sound guidance. In "Tondo" a dare-devil squirrel is personified. All of us know a human just like Tondo! The tale "Kadoti" shows the unconditional strength of a mother's love. This sentiment transcends any cultural or linguistic barrier. The importance of trust in a relationship is the underlying premise in "Kalulu the Hare and Njobuu the Elephant". "The Two Adventurous Hunters" emphasizes the power of forgiveness. A truly powerful person is compassionate. "Lita", the final selection in the collection is pure, delightful fantasy. A beautiful young Cinderella-like girl escapes the drudgery of her reality to live a charmed existence in a shimmering underwater city.
The ink drawings by Susan Hopkins McQuarrie beautifully complement the simplicity of the text. Upon first glance, your eye perceives a pleasing illustration. Detailed intricacy is apparent upon closer study. So it is with the stories. You will be entertained by these clever vignettes that unobtrusively give us a history lesson on traditions and heritage of Zambian culture. Pack lightly for this African adventure but be sure to include the most essential item - your imagination.