The study of oral tradition is distinct from the academic discipline of oral history, which is the recording of personal memories and histories of those who experienced eras or events.
It is also distinct from the study of morality, which is defined as thought and its verbal expression in societies where the technologies of literacy (especially writing and print) are unfamiliar to most of the population. Since time immemorial, indigenous communities in Kenya lived by the knowledge that was passed through the oral tradition.
The skills for survival such as hunting, building houses, making clothes, tools, medicine and religious practices were taught by telling and showing how to do them. Singing, telling stories and plays are ways of passing knowledge through oral tradition. Elders are keepers of knowledge and pass it on through oral traditions.
They are the most knowledgeable because of the lore they have accumulated over time. Elders know a lot about the land they live in. They know where to find animals to hunt or trap because they know the places where animals find food.
They know how to find their way around the land because they know the landmarks. Traditional knowledge has many uses today. To maintain traditions, we need to continue to use them so that they can continue to be part of our lives.