Walk Good: African and Caribbean Folktales

Walk Good: African and Caribbean Folktales

We share African and Caribbean folktales for the enjoyment of those young and young at heart, both at "home" and living in the African/Caribbean diaspora. Stories are retold by our storyteller Kesha Christie, the founder of Talkin' Tales. Our culture has a rich oral tradition and we seek to preserve it by educating and entertaining audiences with stories passed down from generation to generation.

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May 18, 2023 12 mins

When the earth was new the first animals did not look the way they do today...


Story retold in this episode:

Ears Tales and Commonsense by Philip Sherlock

Ears & Tails & Common Sense: More Stories From The Caribbean Paperback – Aug. 30 2002by P.M Sherlock (Author), H Sherlock (Author) Follow us on our socials:

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Sun and moon were the best of friends who lived on earth, find our why Sun and moon live in the sky.


Story retold in this episode:

Why does Sun and Moon live in the Sky?

http://www.clonburrisns.ie/uploads/1/6/6/1/16617588/za-l-2-tales-from-africa-why-the-sun-and-moon-live-in-the-sky-story_ver_2.pdf


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Have you ever wonder why there is misery in the world?  This How and Why folktale gives us the answer

Story retold in this episode:

The Singing Pepper Bush

Tales from the Caribbean by Trish Cooke ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0141373089


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Have you ever wonder why there is misery in the world?  This How and Why folktale gives us the answer

Story retold in this episode:

Why Misery remains in the World

Greedy Mariani and Other Folktales of the Antilles Dorothy Sharp Carter

ISBN 10: 0689304250  ISBN 13: 9780689304255

Publisher: Atheneum, 1974

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February 22, 2023 9 mins

Are you ready for another Anancy story, find out  what happens with Tiger and the soup.

Story retold in this episode:

Tiger Soup An Anansi Story from Jamaica

http://soupsong.com/stiger.html

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Have you every been told you ask for too much.  Find out what happens when monkey asks to lots and lots of misery.

Story retold in this episode:

The monkey who asked for misery

https://www.longbranch.k12.nj.us/cms/lib/NJ01001766/Centricity/Domain/868/The-Monkey-Who-Asked-for-Misery.pdf

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Happy New Year!

Haiti celebrates it's independence on January 1st.  

The story we share in this episode is a Bouki story,  These stories have been told for as long as people can remember.  They teach us how to live and how to behave.  Bouki is a character that is very foolish or easily confused.

Story retold in this episode:

Uncle Bouki gets whee-ai

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Happy Kwanzaa from December 26th to January 1, we celebrate the 7 principles of Kwanzaa:

UMOJA (Unity)

KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination):
UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility):

UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics)

NIA (Purpose)

KUUMBA (Creativity)

IMANI (Faith)

https://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2011/11/kwanzaa_stories.html

Each principle has a story and the story in this episode celebrates Kujichagulia

Story in this epi...

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La Vieja Belén is very hardworking and is often too busy to sit with friends because she was always doing something.  Until the day she is visited by 3 Kings...

Story in this episode:

The Best Gift of All - The Legend of La Vieja Belén

Resource:  https://books.google.ca/books/about/Best_gift_of_all.html?id=j3VJAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y

Happy Holidays

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December 13, 2022 9 mins

Once upon a Christmas time, Anancy was up to his trickster ways...

Story in this episode:

Pig & Long Mout

Resource:  Louise Bennett  Anancy and Miss Lou,  Page 5

Seasons Greetings

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November 30, 2022 5 mins

In this episode we are sharing with you an Bajan/ Barbadian folktale.  Barbados celebrates it's independence from British rule on November 30th.  Barbados received it's independence on November 30, 1966.

Let's celebrate with story!!!

A boy and a giant play dice...

Story in this episode:

Magic Flight

Resource:  The Journal of American Folklore  Barbados Folklore - Vol. 38, No. 148 (Apr. - Jun., 1925), pp. 267-292...

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November 23, 2022 9 mins

In this episode we are sharing with you an Surinamese Folktale.  Suriname celebrates it's independence from Dutch rule on November 25th.  Suriname received it's independence on November 25, 1975.

Let's celebrate with story!!!

How do your repay and act of kindness?

Story in this episode:

Snake and Hunter

Resource:  The Journal of American Folklore  Vol. 30, No. 116 (Apr. - Jun., 1917), pp. 239-250 (12 pages)

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November 9, 2022 5 mins

In this episode we are sharing with you an African Folktale.

Why do a Donkey, a goat and a dog behave in different ways around cars.

Story in this episode:

The Taxi Ride

Resource:  How & Why stories world tales kids can read & tell by Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrate their independence on October 27th.  They received their independence in 1979.  Let's celebrate with this story about Rounce.

Although the Caribbean does no celebrate Halloween there are many things that go bump in the night.

Rounce is an evil character which grunts like a pig and will carry you away if it finds you outside of the house after dark. 

Story in this episode:

Roun...

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How and why stories explain the things we don't understand.  This old Cuban folktale explains why the crocodile has no tongue.

Cuba celebrates it's independence on October 10th and first received independence in 1902.

Story retold in this episode:

Why the crocodile has no tongue

Resource:  

https://books.google.ca/books?id=AIgMN-ZOkIwC&pg=PA125&lpg=PA125&dq=why+crocodile+has+no+tongue+cuban+legend+folktale&...

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October 5, 2022 7 mins

An Anancy story.  Anancy wants to find out what the birds are up to,  find out what happens when anancy takes flight

Story retold in this episode:

Bird Cherry Island

Resource:  Ken Bowen - Jamaican Canadian Association Seniors group

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September 7, 2022 6 mins

Happy 103 birthday Miss Lou.  September 7th is Dr. Louise Bennett Coverly's birthday.  She is a national treasure and the person who brought Jamaican Patois to the world.

Story retold in this episode:

Cockroach and Fowl 

Resource: Anancy and Miss Lou by Louise Bennett

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Jamaica celebrates 60 years of independence in 2022. Jamaica first received it's independence on August 6, 1962.   There motto is out of many , one people.  Let's celebrate with this story.

Story retold in this episode:

Anancy and Five (yam hills)

Resource: http://anansistories.com/Traditional_Stories.html

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July 13, 2022 9 mins

The Bahamas celebrates it's independence on July 10.  There motto is Forward, Onward Upward Together.  Let's celebrate with this story. 

Story retold in this episode:

The three sons

Resource: https://gullahgeecheeconnection.wordpress.com/folk-tales/

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This is a African folktale about Anansi and his six sons.  This story is often used during Kwanzaa to illustrate UMOJA, or unity.  Find out what happens when all of Anansi's sons work together to save him and there is only one reward to give.

Story retold in this episode:

Anansi & His Sons

Resource: http://mail.danielharper.org/story20.htm

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