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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 the Birds

 

Raven (Yell) announced that he was going to give a feast. He carried a huge salmon up from the beach and all the time he kept calling, "My dear little nephews, my dear little grandchildren, I need your help. We are going to give a feast." As he called, little birds of every color and shape began to fly to him. There were red birds, yellow, brown, blue birds, hundreds of little birds that came to help him.

He dug a shallow pit and then said to the birds, "While I am digging the pit,

you get skunk cabbage leaves and sea weeds for us to wrap the salmon in. And you, red and yellow birds, go and get twigs for the fire." The little birds flew away. They were back soon and Yell had all the things he needed.

He asked the little birds, "My little nephews and my little grandchildren,

It was beginning to get dark when the little birds returned, each with a twig and very weary from their long flight. Raven said, "You were gone for so long that someone stole our salmon and ate it up." The poor little birds, weary from their long journey, just put up their little wings, up over their heads, sat in the light of the last glow of the coals and slept.

Among the birds was Blue Jay, Yell's favorite grandchild. Yell said to Blue Jay, "Come here my grandchild. Sit by me so I can comb your hair." Yell while tying up Blue Jay's hair would sneak a bit of salmon which he had saved and put it in Blue Jay's mouth. That is why today blue jays have feathers sticking up in the back of their heads.

By: Elaine Abraham
 Raven and the Birds

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

Profiles
of
Raven's
Family
Raven's
Yupik
Stories
Student Encounters
Raven's
Yupik
Stories
Original Student Folktales
Raven's
Yupik
Stories
from our community
Other
Raven
Yupik
And
Inupiat
Tales
Raven's
Athabaskan
Tales
Raven's
Stories
from
S.E. Alaska
More
About
Raven

 

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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