By Kioi Wa Mbugua
Jacaranda Designs, 1994
Author Kioi Wa Mbugua offers detailed cultural notes, within which he describes his source – a Maasai elder whom he met on an OXFAM-sponsored research trip. The first of the stories tells of how the Maasai became cattle herders. The remaining three describe the legend of the lost girl in the forest, the sacred mountain that revealed to the warring clans the source of their hardship, and a temperamental warrior who became a wild giant. Interspersed with the retellings are Mbugua’s own poems, which are based upon the legends.
“Inkishu (cattle), which are the measure of wealth for traditional Maasai, figure prominently in this collection of poetry, stories, and art from a publisher based in Nairobi. Each story is illustrated by a different Kenyan artist working in a free-flowing modern style and a variety of media and is prefaced by a color photo, an explanatory “Preamble,” and one or two short poems.” – Kirkus Reviews