Ethiopian Somalia is a hot, dry region in the east of Ethiopia where most of the people are Somali, and speak the Somali language. In the old days, people used to move around, looking for good grass for their cattle to eat. They took their houses with them.
|The Stories||Originally told by|
|1||The Bride's Test||Osman Abdulahi Ahmed|
|2||Wak and the Raven||Professor Ahmed Mohammed Ali|
|3||Deya Ali and the Thieves||Aisha Awadem|
|4||Adam's Friend||Abdul Hakim Abdulahi Jibril|
|5||The Head and the Tea-seller||Professor Ahmed Mohammed Ali|
|6||The Lion's Bride||Degen Ali Adem|
|7||The Cat and the Woman||Abdul Hakim Abdulahi Jibril|
|8||Hirsi and Kabaalaf||Osman Abdulahi Ahmed|
|9||Ahmed and the Clever Woman||Abdul Hakim Abdulahi Jibril|
With grateful acknowledgement to Moge Abdi Omar of the Somali Cultural Bureau, and the translator Mikhail Negussie.
© These versions of the stories retold by Elizabeth Laird
© Exercises written by Elizabeth Laird
© Illustrations by Yosef Kebede and Eric Robson