indaba, “matter, affair; case; topic of conversation; business; report; story, tale”
A. T. Bryant, Zulu-English Dictionary, Pinetown, Natal: The Mariannhill Mission Press, 1905, p. 87
kum, “story, talk, history, news, syn. kumma … pl. kukúmmi”.
|xam Bushmen, Upper Karoo, South Africa; D. F. Bleek, A Bushman Dictionary, New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1956, p. 106
Ningákaniak = That’s the edge or rim of the story, always used at the end of a story; this image seems to be taken from hat [or basket] weaving.
Klamath or Modoc, Oregon, North America; from the unpublished Klamath and Modoc manuscripts of Jeremiah Curtin (1835-1906) Smithsonian Institution, National Anthropological Archives, NAA 2348
In every story there is a silence, some sight concealed, some word unspoken. I believe. Till we have spoken the unspoken we have not come to the heart of the story.
J. M. Coetzee, Foe , London: Penguin Books, 1987, p. 141
Illustration based on a mix animal from the imaginary of the ancient world
And she looked at him; and when she saw how handsome he was, she said,
‘Will you be so kind as to come home with me to my father’s house and take something?’
So the lad went and sat down, and before she asked him anything she set down wine before him and said, ‘Quicker is a drink than a tale.’
When he had taken that, he began and he told her all that happened, and how he had seen her in his sleep, and when, and she was well pleased.
‘And I saw thee in my sleep on the same night,’ said she.
J. F. Francis Campbell, Popular Tales of the West Highlands, vol. I, Paisley & London: Alexander Gardner, 1890, p. 291
Illustration inspired by a decorative element from the Ancient Egypt