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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 Finds Water


Long ago there was a great drought over the land. There was no water anywhere. All the creeks and streams were dried up. Someone had to do something about it. Raven rose to the occasion and volunteered to look for water. He knew the Island Spirit at Hazy Island had water but no one knew where it was. The water was well hidden.

Raven started out for the island in his canoe. His intention was to steal the water from the Island Spirit. When he had paddled about half way out, a dense fog set in. He lost his bearings and waited for the fog to lift. The sun could not dispel the

fog. Raven was wondering what to do, when the Island Spirit paddled up to him in

his canoe. "You should not be out here," he told Raven. "There is nothing on the island and you could be delayed by weather for a long time. There is no water out there," he told Raven. "Don't be crazy. Turn back."

After the Island Spirit left him, Raven made a turn as if he was turning back, but not for long as he headed for the island using the dim outline of the sun for his bearing. Raven soon heard the surf on the island. He came to a bit of sandy beach where the Island Spirit came down to meet him on the beach. He welcomed Raven to share his home. While there, Raven pretended to be thirsty, and was, in fact, very thirsty. But the Island Spirit kept his water well hidden.

Raven was tough and could stay on to find where the Island Spirit kept the water hidden. He kept a watchful, waiting policy and he began to think up schemes to find the water.

One day the Island Spirit was lying beside the fire warming his back and he fell asleep. While he was sleeping, Raven went out to the rookery and gathered some bird guano. When he came back, Spirit was still asleep so Raven very carefully rubbed the guano on the Spirit's garment. LIe woke Spirit up and told him that he smelled very bad. Spirit had been gathering eggs and he assumed that he had gotten the guano on this garment that way. Raven told him over and over, "Take a bath, take a bath!"

Spirit made preparations to take a bath. He got his water container ready and started out. In the confusion, he had forgotten that he had told Raven there was no water. Raven was now spying on Spirit to see where he went for water. Spirit went some distance from his home and stopped under an overhanging cliff, covered with float moss. There was the water hole.

Raven now knew where the water was and made preparations to steal it from Island Spirit. Early in the morning he left the home very quietly, taking along a water basket. He went to the water hole and had a long drink of water. He was very thirsty. Then he filled the water basket, took it in his beak and flew off to themainland where there was a great drought. Raven sprayed the water from his beak all over the land and in the sky. It started to rain and the streams were running again. Raven had saved the country.

Robert and Nora Cogo

Raven Finds Water Raven Finds Water

Raven in Southeast Mythology

Raven Finds Water

- Robert and Nora Cogo

Raven Steals The Sun, Stars And Moon

The Creation Legend

The Great Flood

- Robert and Nora Cogo

Yéll and His Wife

- Elaine Abraham

The Birth of Raven

- Elaine Abraham

Raven and the Birds

- Elaine Abraham

Raven and the King Salmon

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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