The Beni Shangul-Gumuz region is in the far west of Ethiopia. It runs along the border between Ethiopia and Sudan. There are many different groups of people in this region, and they speak different languages and have their own special cultures.
In this collection, there are stories from the Shinasha, Gumuz and Berta peoples of Beni Shangul-Gumuz.
|The Stories||Originally told by|
|1||The Honey Hunter||Belay Makonnen|
|2||The Baboon Child||Belay Makonnen|
|3||The Elephant's Head||Belay Makonnen|
|4||The People of the Sea||Egassi Reta|
|5||The Ungrateful Snake||Abdurahim Ibrahim|
|6||The Lion's Whiskers||Fatuma Ali|
|7||The Two Travellers||Fatuma Ali|
|8||The Pot of Honey||Yirpa Kebede|
|9||The Story of Jahiti||Demelew Beyene|
|10||Adiberga and her Brothers||Demelew Beyene|
Translations by Captain Hamis Balla, Habasha Feyisa and Mesfin Habtemariam
With grateful acknowledgement to Dires Gebremeskel and other members of the Beni Shangul-Gumuz Education and Culture Bureau for their invaluable help in the collection of these stories.
© These versions of the stories retold by Elizabeth Laird
© Exercises written by Jacek Opienski
© Illustrations by Eric Robson