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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.






How Raven and Wolverine Tricked Each Other

Raven was a bird that had magical powers and with these powers he used to trick other animals, especially those who weren't as smart as he was. He even tricked Wolverine who is usually thought to be as smart as Raven.

One day while Raven was flying along he spotted Wolverine slowly dragging his big body into the nearby timber, and he decided to play a trick on him. He swooped down towards Wolverine and landed near him telling him that if he went out and got a caribou he would give him twice as much as he caught. Raven also told him he had to get his caribou by the second sundown.

Wolverine went out hunting all that day but with no success. The next day he went out again. Each time Raven made himself disappear and followed him. While he was following Wolverine, he thought to himself that Wolverine wasn't going to catch a caribou at all. So Raven decided to have a little fun with him.

So Raven turned himself into a caribou and waited for Wolverine. When Wolverine spotted him he started chasing him up a little hill. But Wolverine got so tired he headed back towards Raven's nest. Raven then turned himself into a little bird and watched Wolverine just to make sure he didn't catch a caribou. When Wolverine was out of sight, Raven turned back into his original form and hurriedly flew back towards his nest. When Wolverine got to Raven's nest at sundown, Raven was waiting for him. He told him that his time was up and the deal was now off.

Since Wolverine had not caught a caribou Raven thought that he should go out and hunt for a caribou himself. He was hungry and needed something to eat. Meanwhile a snowbunting met with Wolverine and told him what Raven was up to. So Wolverine went out searching for Raven and found him butchering a caribou he had caught. He hid in the brush and waited until Raven was finished with his work. Then he charged through the timber making a great noise and ripping down everything in his way. When Raven saw him charging he got so scared he took off and left all his food behind. Wolverine then took Raven's food and ate it all before Raven could think of another trick to play on him.

 By: Fred Alstrom
How Raven and Wolverine Tricked Each Other

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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