Kenyan folk tales, like many fairy tales, have roots in oral tradition. The biggest difference here is that the majority of Kenyan folk tales are stilloral, told through the mediums of speech, song, and dance. Additionally, while many fairy tales are centered around humans, Kenyan folk tales are centered on animals, where one is particularly clever. The stories tend to have certain central themes, but still vary between regions, villages, and families. The tales are important for expressing the history of the people.