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|Leiden University catalogue
|Some Reflections on the Oral Traditions of the Galinhas Country, Sierra Leone
|History in Africa
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
|As far as Sierra Leone is concerned, no work specifically devoted to the nature of oral tradition has been published, despite several valuable publications on the oral literature of the Limba and Mende. The notes presented here are intended to give a rough picture of the kind of oral material obtained by the author in a predominantly Mende-speaking area of Sierra Leone in 1977-78 (supplemented by a smaller number of interviews conducted in 1973-75, 1980, and 1984). The author's main interest was in the eighteenth and nineteenth century of what he has called the Galinhas country, the southernmost corner of Sierra Leone. - Crt., notes.