Gambela is a hot region in eastern Ethiopia, very different from the cool highlands. Many of the different groups who live there look after cattle. Before the modern world came to the Gambela region, the forests were full of wild animals, and people used to hunt them. They still fish in the great rivers. Life is changing fast in Gambela now, but the stories still remain.
|The Stories||Originally told by|
|1||The First Gift||Akwai Gora|
|2||The Father's Plan||Obang Okoti|
|3||Obang and his Dog||Okok Ojulo|
|4||The Man from the River||Akwai Gora|
|5||Achok Goes Fishing||Cham Akwer|
|6||The Magic Cow||Ajulo Okony|
|A Komo Story|
|7||The Song from the Tree||Sambo Likasa Kaya|
|A Majangir Story|
|8||How the Dog Lost her Voice||Tito Bangey|
|9||Gany-Nyang and the Hyena||Pastor James Duoth Dol|
|10||Why the Hyena Never Runs Straight||Pastor James Duoth Dol|
|11||The Elephant and the Cock||Niall Gatch|
|12||Sunrise and Sunset||Gatwech Pal Menchek|
|13||Ngap and Nyakwiy||Rhamsey Shwoll|
|An Opo Story|
|14||The Landlord and the Ostrich||Duwal Pul|
Translations by Michael Ambatchew and Ogota Agiw.
With grateful acknowledgements to Ogota Agiw of the Gambela Regional Cultural Bureau.
© These versions of the stories retold by Elizabeth Laird
© Exercises written by Elizabeth Laird and Ann Rossiter
© Illustrations by Yosef Kebede and Eric Robson