Stories from Wolayita were collected during sessions in Awassa in February 1997 with the support of the Regional Educational Bureau in Awassa under the auspices of Ato Aklilu. They were translated from Amharic into English by Michael Ambatchew of the British Council.
All the stories were narrated by Yisihak Aldade, an exceptionally gifted storyteller. He recited the poems embedded in the stories, and made use of sound effects. His telling of animal fables brought out their intrinsic humour (eg The Sky is Falling), and the more philosophical stories (eg Everything Passes) are particularly well-rounded.