The Question and Answer section for Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The griot, Djeli Mamadou Kouyaté introduces himself as a "master in the art of eloquence." He tells the story of Sundiata.
Mari Djatas main difficulty is his inability to walk. As a result, his mother suffers from gossip and disdain for her among the women. She is isolated.
The other children avoid Mari Djata because he's different. Unable to walk.... he crawls. He also has an unusually large head and strange eyes.