The Panthers’ Green Corn Dance

When you’re a Cherokee hunter and you go out a’hunting for your family, it’s perhaps not a bad idea to team up with a panther to make the hunt easier. Or maybe it’s a terrible…

The Horse-Bride & Her Horse-Husband

This week we travel to ancient Turkey for a story featuring a Sultan, a horse, a jinn, a witch, and a woman who has married in to some significant family drama. When a father gives…

Anansi & Mr. Dry-Bone

Last week we shared a piece of folklore from Ghana which featured Anansi, and in that folktale Anansi was less of a trickster and more of a villain. But Anansi’s body of work, like the…

Anansi & Kweku Trade Tricks

Anansi, the spider trickster of West Africa, and later the Caribbean at large, is often depicted as selfish and greedy in addition to being ever-lazy and painfully clever. Anansi is always quick to hatch a…

Van Wempel’s Goose

Nicholas Van Wempel was the sort of drinker with a knack for stumbling into situations of the dumbest of luck, and perhaps the smartest misfortune – but where does the goose come into it? Listen…

The Chessboard Cherry Tree

The Chessboard Cherry Tree is a story about a hot-headed Daimyo named Oda Sayemon, a faithful retainer named Saito Ukon, an a fateful game of Go that would change both their lives. It’s a story…