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Tierra

Trickster Tales
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Tierra Allen

on 23 April 2010

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Trickster Tales A genre of literature found in West Africa and all over the world They are humorous folktales.
Usually a culture will have a whole cycle of stories about the same tricktser character. Famous Tricksters include: Native American Coyote
African-American Brer Rabbit
(Brer Rabbit descended from West African trickster hare, and even the cartoon Bugs Bunny) There are several tricksters in African folklore. The Tales of Anansi the Spider Anansi the spider is the famous trickster of the Ashanti people. (in Ghana) Hundreds of stories have been told
about Anansi, his wife, and also his sons, Kweku Tsin and Intikuma. Anansi is a culture hero to the Ashanti.
He is responsible for scattering wisdom
troughout the world and otherwise making
things as they are today.
Through Anansi stories, the Ashanti people make fun of human faults. Anansi stories were brought to the Americas as a result of slave trade. Many Ashanti slaves were transported to Jamaica, and the Anansi stories are told there as Anancy or Aunt Nancy stories. The stories told in Jamaica are almost identical to the original West African stories. Modern writers such as Andrew Salkey have invented new Anansi stories to comment on today's world. Iktomi and the Wild Ducks West African trickster tales. Originally from Minnesota, the Lakota migrated to the Great Plains in the late 1700s. They dominated the area that is now South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska. The main character of this story is Anansi He wears long leggins with long soft fringes and little beaded mocasins on his feet. His long black hair is parted in the middle and is wrapped with red bands. He even paints his face with red and yellow paint, and draws big black rings around his eyes.
Iktomi is a spider fairy. He is the trickster of the Lakota, also known as the Teton Sioux. He is also a culture hero according to the Lakota people. The story of Anansi the spider tells the reason why all the stories are named after Kwaku Anansi. But it itself is a trickster tale. This story is about Iktomi the spider and about how he tries to trick ducks into doing a dance and closing their eyes so that he can eat them. They out smart him and find out what he is planning to do to them, and they get away. Iktomi is not a real smart spider. He is always trying play tricks on people but always end up getting tricked himself. The Anansi stories were told over thousands of years ago. This story was recorded in the 19th century on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota people believe that Iktomi created time in space, invented language, he also named all the animals on the earth. The Lakota think that he predicted that the white men would come to the Lakota's land. The Lakotas consider Iktomi so sacred, that they will not squash spiders.
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