Totems of the Kisii


Renowned Kenyan artist Abel O’Keragori first heard these traditional tales about the origins of his Kisii community from his grandmother. The Kisii style of intertwining riddles with tales of long ago remain cherished traditions, now preserved in print. Fully researched, and authenticated by Kisii elders and culture experts, these tales explain how the Kisii people first established themselves in Kenya, name their founding fathers, and recount how the Kisii clans inherited the totems of the Zebra, the Leopard, the Hippo, the Elephant and the Baboon. Fully illustrated with Abel’s sketches and stunning full colour paintings, this book also contains traditional Kisii riddles, proverbs, and a glossary.