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Yup'ik RavenMarshall Cultural Atlas

This collection of student work is from Frank Keim's classes. He has wanted to share these works for others to use as an example of Culturally-based curriculum and documentation. These documents have been OCR-scanned. These are available for educational use only.






A Story of Raven


It is said a very long time ago Raven used to eat people because they were so easy to trick.

One day, while flying over the arctic coastline, Raven saw a small village. He was very hungry so he made a plan to get food to eat. He flew low over the village screaming, "Your enemies are coming! Your enemies are coming!"

All of the men ran out of their igloos with their spears inhand and asked the great bird what they should do.

Raven landed on top of a cache and addressed the men, "You must surprise them before they reach your village. Go and make camp at the foot of the cliff and wait for them in the morning."

The unsuspecting men thanked Raven and set out for the cliff's base to ambush the attackers in the morning as he had said to do.

When they arrived that night they built shelter at the foot of the steep cliff where Raven had told them to go to. Later that night, after the men had discussed their plans and strategies, their seal oil lamps were extinguished and they all went to sleep.

When it was dark and the men were asleep, Raven flew to the top of the cliff high above the small camp and landed on an enormous overhang of heavy snow. Raven knew that the great load of snow was ready to fall with only the slightest encouragement, and so he proceeded to jump up an down on it.

After a few jumps, the overhang collapsed and avalanched down upon the sleeping men. They were completely buried alive by the heavy snow load!

The snow was very deep, and because Raven was lazy and didn't want to work to dig the dead men out so he could eat them, he waited until spring when the snow melted. Then he returned to eat them all.

Raven was very pleased that he would have so much meat to eat. He especially liked to peck out the eyes of the victims and then eat the eyeballs. For the entire spring he stayed there at the bottom of the cliff gorging himself on the warriors who had listened to his trickery and deceit.

A Story of Raven

The Creation

A Story of Raven

Fox And Raven

Raven And Owl

Raven, a Great Hunter
Part I

- Emily Ivanoff Brown

Raven, a Great Hunter
Part II

- Emily Ivanoff Brown

The Flight of the Geese

- Grace Slwooko

Student Encounters
Original Student Folktales
from our community
S.E. Alaska


Christmastime Tales
Stories real and imaginary about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1996
Christmastime Tales II
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1998
Christmastime Tales III
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 2000
Summer Time Tails 1992 Summertime Tails II 1993 Summertime Tails III
Summertime Tails IV Fall, 1995 Summertime Tails V Fall, 1996 Summertime Tails VI Fall, 1997
Summertime Tails VII Fall, 1999 Signs of the Times November 1996 Creative Stories From Creative Imaginations
Mustang Mind Manglers - Stories of the Far Out, the Frightening and the Fantastic 1993 Yupik Gourmet - A Book of Recipes  
M&M Monthly    
Happy Moose Hunting! September Edition 1997 Happy Easter! March/April 1998 Merry Christmas December Edition 1997
Happy Valentine’s Day! February Edition 1998 Happy Easter! March/April Edition 2000 Happy Thanksgiving Nov. Edition, 1997
Happy Halloween October 1997 Edition Edible and Useful Plants of Scammon Bay Edible Plants of Hooper Bay 1981
The Flowers of Scammon Bay Alaska Poems of Hooper Bay Scammon Bay (Upward Bound Students)
Family Trees and the Buzzy Lord It takes a Village - A guide for parents May 1997 People in Our Community
Buildings and Personalities of Marshall Marshall Village PROFILE Qigeckalleq Pellullermeng ‘A Glimpse of the Past’
Raven’s Stories Spring 1995 Bird Stories from Scammon Bay The Sea Around Us
Ellamyua - The Great Weather - Stories about the Weather Spring 1996 Moose Fire - Stories and Poems about Moose November, 1998 Bears Bees and Bald Eagles Winter 1992-1993
Fish Fire and Water - Stories about fish, global warming and the future November, 1997 Wolf Fire - Stories and Poems about Wolves Bear Fire - Stories and Poems about Bears Spring, 1992



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