Somali Folktale Project

Sheekooyin Carrureed

Each story has the same format. There is an English version of the story, followed by a Somali version. The story is then written as a play (in English). A page of background material with classroom ideas and vocabulary is included as well as two student pages (with answer keys) - a cloz activity and a sequencing activity.

To download a copy of the complete folktale project or an individual story, click on the title below. Please keep in mind the purpose of this project.

It is important to remember that these stories belong to the Somali people. They are their stories and it is our firm belief that they should be used only as intended. No one should reproduce the contents of this collection for any reason other than to help Somali adults and children. With that in mind, feel free to use and adapt these materials in any way for educational purposes. However, the project, as a whole, should not be reproduced without the permission of the Minneapolis Public School District #1.

Somali Folktales (Complete - all 19 stories)

1
The Hyena and the Fox Waraabe Iyo Dawaco
2
Mice Jiir(Doolli)
3
The Cat and the Mouse Bisad iyo Jiir
4
The Foolish Man and The Thief Nin Doqan ah iyo Tuug
5
The King’s Daughter Boqor Gabadhiisa Laga Soo Doonay
6
The Traveler Nin Safar ah
7
Cigaal Shilad and the Lion Stump Cigaal iyo Jirid
8
Omar and the Hyena Cumar iyo Waraabe
9
Cigaal and the Enemy Cigaal iyo Col
10
The Bird and the Fire Shinbir Dab Qaaday
11
The Fox and the Hyena Dawaco iyo Waraabe
12
The Sheep and the Goat Lax iyo Ri'
13
The Elephant and the Squirrel Maroodi iyo Dabagaale
14
The Hyena and the Sheep Waraabe iyo Lax
15
The Fox and the Crocodile Dawaco iyo Yaxaas
16
Ina Hagadare Ina Xagaa Dheere
17
Two Men who Fought Labo Nin oo Islaayey
18
Dagder Dhagdheer
19
The Power of Education Faa’iidada Waxbarashada