Massalit history available for download FREE

Here is the PDF version of our Massalit history book, written entirely in Massalit! Download it here for free:

Kanaa gûrii ka Masaraa nîŋa (**NEW**)
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A history of the Massalit sultanate, including lists of Massalit villages and clans (“sutu”). Translated from the Arabic-language history by Ibrahim Yahya.  This is just the inside pages, without cover. The beautiful printed book is available for sale from

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History of the Massalit people now available on

A history of the Massalit people written in the Massalit language is now available for sale via

testDescription: This book is NOT in English. The text is entirely in Massalit, translated from the original Arabic text by Ibrahim Yahya Abdarahman. It includes accounts of the Massalit sultanate and lists of Massalit clans and villages. This book was produced as part of a community-based language development and literacy program.

If you are looking for a history of the Massalit people in English, try “Mahdist Faith and Sudanic Tradition: The History of the Masalit Sultanate, 1870-1930” (1985, KPI Limited) by Lidwein Kapteijns.

Here is the dedicated group of editors who produced this book:


Happy New Year! New Easy Readers available: “I am a bird/dog/cat…” and more!

Check out these easy, short books for beginning readers:

Ama kuci ye (I am a bird) (PDF, 362 KB)
Bis tîŋgi (I am a mother cat) (PDF, 301 KB)
Dîk hille ta (I am a rooster)
(PDF, 359 KB)
Înje kâddi (I am a big dog) (PDF, 287 KB)
Kûn̰o kâddi (I am a big fish) (PDF, 249 KB)
Andiyak niyana (The lost chick) (PDF, 249 KB)
Ŋga lo kedem tula? (Who took the eggs?)
(PDF, 303 KB)

And slightly longer books, with science and nature themes:

Âfurfuraŋgi nomon̰e (I am a butterfly) (PDF, 453 KB)
Lûn̰eya kokori taŋ (The hen) (PDF, 902 KB)
Maŋ saa nî de le (You belong in the water / Frog and Tadpole)  (PDF, 382 KB)

Most of these books have English and French translations at the end.

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New updated Small Books now available

Check out our recently updated LITTLE BOOKS – small Massalit booklets with English and French translations at the end.

“Ajaja” “Ajbaj” (Massalit riddles) (PDF, 335 KB)
Taŋu geya (Building a hut) (PDF, 434 KB)
Âsurtu geya (Work in the fields) (PDF, 136 KB)
Kidime kambas nî mbo mûcoo nî mbo (Traditional work of men and women) (PDF, 1 MB)
Sî gi (The goat) (PDF, 646 KB)

P1090230For printable booklet versions and other books, see our Books page.

New books! “Ka alle na” (Cultural history) and 2 health books

ka-alle-naCheck out our new books!

Kitab gâyiriya ka alle na nîŋ (PDF, 937 KB)
How people lived in the past – cultural history of the Massalit

Kâciŋ rogora gi ndaŋ-ndaŋ te! (PDF, 2 MB) gardezvosdents
Importance of cleaning your teeth

Fatime kimin̰ mbo tîrmila (PDF, 880 fatiKB)
Story of how Fatime, a child crippled by polio, was able to go to school with the help of Tôm and his friends, and how the village learned that polio vaccination is important.

To see all our books, visit the Books page.

New books! Massalit proverbs and 3 easy readers

Check out our new books!

proverbsAŋtiren̰ Masaraa nîŋ (*NEW*)
Normal version (PDF, 700 KB)
Proverbs and idiomatic expressions in Massalit (cultural)


Nîkariyaa ambukula tag (PDF, 108 KB) (*NEW*)
The frog who asked too many questions (story)

Ndâynjara jî nî nene taŋ (PDF, 167 KB) (*NEW*)
The milk seller who was day-dreaming (story)

Kallikandi sîŋgee nû (PDF, 345 KB) (*NEW*)
Why trees are very important in our lives (non-fiction, environment)

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