~ 109. Anansi and the Pelicans ~


The Pelicans invited Anansi to a party on Pelican Island.
"I'd like to go with you, but I can't fly," said Anansi.
"We can make you wings with our feathers," said the Pelicans. 
Each of the Pelicans contributed a few feathers, and they made a beautiful pair of wings for Anansi.
Anansi flew to the island with the Pelicans. 
When Anansi got to the party, he ate all the food and he drank all the drinks. 
This made the Pelicans angry, and they took back all their feathers.
Then the Pelicans flew away, and Anansi was trapped on the island.


Inspired byFolklore of the Antilles by Elsie Clews Parsons.
Notes: You can see Parsons' story and notes here. Parsons heard the story from Hilton Libert. This is one of the most popular Anansi stories. In Libert's version, it is Whale who then rescues Anansi: Anansi and Whale. In other versions it is a fish or an alligator or mermaid who rescues him. Libert does not say that Anansi was greedy on the island, but that's a theme in many versions of this story, so I used it here too.


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