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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 Talk with Raven
One day as I was minding my own business I heard somebody talking outside on my bedroom window. Curious, I walked over to the window and saw a raven talking to itself. I was really amazed by the raven, because I had never seen a raven talk before in my whole life. Then I realized that maybe they could talk!

I was really quiet and stayed there watching the raven talk for a long time. After 20 minutes, I said, "Hello there raven." When it looked at me with a face of fright, I said, "Don't be afraid, I won't hurt you." Then I slowly reached out and picked up the raven. I sat it on the carpet while I sat on my bed and started chatting with the raven. I asked the raven how he got there by my bedroom window? Then he said, "When I was flying around I hit the telephone wire and fell down and landed on the road. I hopped to the nearest house and jumped up on the window ledge. I'm so glad I stopped here. Now I have someone to talk to."

We talked for a long time. Finally I asked the raven how he learned how to talk? He had a hard time explaining that question. He thought about it for maybe 10 minutes, then he said, "A long time ago when I was growing up, my parents got killed by these kids with a BB gun, and after flying around for a long time I found a talking parrot and stayed with him. After awhile I started getting the hang of talking like him. So that's who taught me how to talk."

I was very amazed by the raven. But I was getting tired. When I looked at my watch it was 5:30 A.M., so I told the raven he'd better be on his way, and I let him go out the window. I watched him take off, and as he was flying I heard him yell back, "Take care!" I waved goodbye to the raven and then went to bed. I wondered if I would ever see that raven again?

Lois Moore
A Talk with Raven

A Talk with Raven

- Lois Moore

How Raven and Wolverine Tricked Each Other

- Fred Alstrom

Why Ravens Live around Villages

- Chris Fitka 

Raven's Wife

- Carmen Pitka

Raven and the Old Woman

- Kathy Duny

Raven Makes Wind

- Darcy Kameroff

Raven Hunts for Rabbits

- Victor Shorty/Lois Moore

The Raven Creature

- Tanya Peter

Mary Jane's Encounter with a Raven

- Mary Jane Shorty/Maureen Fitka

Raven's Ornery Son

- Maureen Fitka

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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