Baaraago a do Xiisa Tananu

Publisher: SIL Mali, 2004
Language: Soninke

Baaraago et d’autres histoires de la tradition orale soninkée, racontées par Sacko Banjougou Sounbounou

Subject: History

Lenminanxattindabarimoxo

Comment préparer du lait en poudre pour des bébés
Publisher: SIL Mali, 2004
Language: Soninke

Une brochure qui explique comment préparer du lait en poudre pour des bébés.

Subject: Health

Gori Xiisa

L’Histoire de Gori, un village de Diafunu
Publisher: SIL Mali, 2000
Language: Soninke

L’Histoire de Gori, un village de Diafunu, raconté par Sanba Ɲaxale Dukkure Maadinkaanu

Subject: History

The Stranger's Eyes

Publisher: SIL Mali, 1995
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

Supyire proverb: "The stranger's eyes are wide open, but he does not see anything."

An attempted community development project is outlined in this paper. It reveals how the villagers perceived the mill project differently from the expatriate who initiated the project and why the project was a failure. Following the case study, Hugh Tracy asks questions concerning the right approach to such a project.

Subject: Anthropology

Nononke Rites and Ceremonies

Publisher: SIL Mali, 2004
Language: Bozo, Jenaama

This paper attempts to provide a partial ethnography of the Nononke by describing some of their religious practices as shown in rites and ceremonies.

Subject: Anthropology

Prestige, Material Possessions, Competition, and Relationships

Maasina Fulbe Culture Study
Author: Bah, Mariyama

Although Fulbe can appear obsessed with wealth and money to the other ethnic groups around them, the core cultural values are not centered on wealth. The most admired traits are: contentment with what one has, and harmonious relationships with others.

Subject: Anthropology

Soninke Values: Responsibility, Work, Respect and Shame

Valeurs soninkées: responsibilité, travail, respect et honte
Publisher: SIL Mali, 2003
Language: Soninke

In this paper, the author attempts to describe some important core values of the Soninke world view. The ideals of being responsible (butte), working hard golle), being properly respectful (gacce) and having a proper sense of shame (yaagu) are integral to Soninke society. As the unknown author of Soninkara Danbe, says, “If a person does not live this way, he cannot say he is a Soninke.”

Subject: Anthropology

Marriage Customs among the Supyire

Publisher: SIL Mali, 1982
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

The wedding and post-wedding events attending and following the marriage of a Supyire couple witnessed by the author on April 23, 1982 are described. Patrilocal marriages are arranged between two patrilineal descent groups by means of the intervention of an intermediary and the giving of gifts and labor to the bride's family. Consanguineal relations are seen to supersede affinal ones. The social status of each person relative to others is clearly defined.

Subject: Anthropology

Personhood, Blessing and Divine Recompense in Soninke Culture

Publisher: SIL Mali, 2005
Language: Soninke

Soninke people conform to their cultural norms and even strive toward the ideal because they are motivated by a combination of three basic beliefs/values. The first is the desire to be thought well of by others, to be perceived as a person of good character and honor, to be perceived literally as exhibiting “personhood” or seraaxu. The second is the need to amass baraji or “divine recompense”, whose benefits are for the afterlife, specifically judgment day. And the third is the need to acquire baraka or “blessing”, whose benefit is in this life.

Subject: Anthropology

Supyire Funerals – Then and Now

Language: Senoufo, Supyire

This paper begins with a description of the rites that make up traditional Supyire funerals in order to gain an understanding of what these rites convey to the people who practice them, and the functions of these rites within their traditional setting. A look will then be taken at a Supyire Christian funeral, and at more recent developments away from traditional practices, as members of the Supyire community turn towards Christian or Muslim beliefs.

Subject: Anthropology