Kenya is a country rich in folklore and mythology which have played a major role in the culture of its people. The oral tradition of storytelling and reciting of history has gone on for centuries; only recently has it been recorded in print. The traditional setting for these oral narratives was often ceremonial. They were told and sung with dramatic flourish by the storyteller of a particular village for a wedding, a circumcision ceremony, and other rites of passage. The songs often called for audience participation and would alter slightly with the style of each story teller.

I collected these tales while living in Kenya in 1988. The linocut and woodblocks were designed and carved in Kenya and the editions made when I returned to the United States. There are 100 prints in each edition, all available for sale. Each edition is hand printed on Hosho paper or mulberry paper. A copy of the folk tale is provided with each print. Prints are available matted with white rag mat for $100 larger prints (A), $75 smaller prints (B), and matted and framed with plexiglass and metal frames for $200 larger prints (A) and $150 smaller prints (B). Shipping and tax are not included in the price.

Inquiries about any of these prints can be sent to Amy Uyeki at  10% of net profits from sales on this page will be donated to Medecins sans Frontieres. MSF is an independent medical aid agency committed to two objectives: providing medical aid wherever needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or sex and raising awareness of the plight of the people they help. You can visit their website at


Kenyan Folk Tale Prints

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