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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.






Raven And Owl


Once Raven was very white like the snow on the tundra and so was Owl. One day, while sitting on a rock looking for rabbbits, Raven flew down and landed beside the white owl.

They had known each other for a very long time and were always challenging one another to see which was the strongest. Raven sat down on the rock next to his old friend.

"Let's wrestle," said Raven.

"I do not want to fight you today," answered Owl.

But the white raven did not listen.

"Let's wrestle," he repeated.

"I do not want to wrestle. I do not feel like it today" replied the white owl.

But Raven still would not listen and started to wrestle with the unwilling Owl.

They rolled around the ground and when Owl saw a mud puddle, he pushed Raven into it. The black mud covered his entire body. No white remained at all! Raven was very mad because he was so muddy and because Owl had pushed him in.

"Friend Owl," said the mischievous bird, "give me a hand so that I can get out of this mud hole."

But the white owl was wise to Raven's tricks and deceits.

"No." he said. "You are the one who started the fight. I said that I didn't want to wrestle today."

Raven thought for a minute and then said, "Friend, if you help me out I will give you half of my possessions."

So Owl reached down and pulled Raven out of the thick, black mud. Raven was still covered from head to foot and he was no longer white like the snow.

As soon as he was out, the black bird shook his feathers and mud flew all over the place. Some of it splattered on Owl's white feathers, leaving him spotted with small black specks.

To this day ravens are entirely black and owls are spotted.

Raven And Owl

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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