Stories were collected from the Gambela region in February and September 1997. The collection was facilitated with the collaboration of Ogota Agiw of the Gambela Education and Culture Bureau. Translations from Anuak were made by Ogota Agiw, from Komo by Gosay Teressa, and from Nuer by Pastor James Duotdol. Other stories were narrated in Amharic and translated into English by Ogota Agiw and Michael Ambatchew of the British Council.
Reverend James Duotdol, Nuer storyteller from Gambela
This fascinating collection of stories from five different cultural traditions in the Gambela region contains a number of animal fables (eg The Story of the Fox, The Hyena and the Fox), and the exciting tale of a cannibalistic ogre with the power of shape-shifting (Ngap and Nyakwiy). The outrageous trickster Achok and the gentler trickster Agenga feature in the Anuak stories. Lave and Wallock are their counterparts in the Majangir stories, with Ganya in the Nuer stories. The Anuak story Separation of Animals and Human Beings at Creation is an interesting mirror of the blessing of Jacob in Genesis, while Hunting Fish with Long Narrow Spears describes the coming of the kings to the Anuak people.