All of the Uncle Reemus stories (bought and bastardized by Disney) fit your
bill. Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and the gang originate from African and
African American tales. Plus the folklore work of Zora Neal Hurston...the
title is escaping me ..Mules...something. Good luck!
From: amanda clarke <email@example.com>
To: Art Education at the Getty listserv Date: Thursday, January 14, 1999
Subject: African animals
> >Hi, I am looking for information about the personification of animals in >african culture. A story or folktale that describes animals with human >characteristics or qualities. Does this information even exist? > >In other cultures like the Chinese and Native Anerican, animals are >believed to hold certain powers. I hope this is making sense. I have >tried an internet search, but no luck. > >Amanda Clarke >firstname.lastname@example.org > > >