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 Amazon.com.
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A history of the Massalit people written in the Massalit language is now available for sale via Amazon.com
Description: 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:
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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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)
For printable booklet versions and other books, see our Books page.
Three books that help you count from 1 to 10 in Massalit:
Saa laŋa (At the waterhole) (PDF, 991 KB)
One day, one elephant went to drink at the waterhole…
Joo nintika (Looking for legs) (PDF, 290 KB)
I went for a walk and what did I see? I saw…
Nintika Fatime taŋ (Fatime can count) (PDF, 815 KB)
One day, Fatime’s mother sent her to the market. On the way, Fatime saw…
Check 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)
Importance of cleaning your teeth
Fatime kimin̰ mbo tîrmila (PDF, 880 KB)
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.
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Check out our new books!
Aŋtiren̰ 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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