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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's Wife


One Spring day I was walking down the road towards the MFP cannery and I noticed there was a raven standing with a bunch of seagulls. At first I thought the raven was there to rip off some fish they might have caught, but the more I watched the more I knew he was there just mingling. He even seemed to be speaking the seagull's language. Never in my life had I seen such a thing, So I went to the eldest elder in the village and asked what might be happening there. The old man told me that the raven was actually there looking for a mate to marry. I was so astounded, I didn't know what to say or think. I thought nobody would believe me, so I decided to keep it to myself.

The next day, as I walked the same road towards the MFP, the raven and the seagull took off together. I had a hunch where they might have gone, so I walked back up towards the dump site and the airport to see if they were flying around there. After awhile I saw them on the ground at the airport. As I watched, the wings of both birds spread out and they began running in a circle. It was so weird I couldn't believe what was going on. But I remembered what the old man had also told me that day, to never interrupt the raven and seagull's ceremony because something bad may happen. For instance, bad fishing, or bad weather. He said this ceremony came every ten to twenty years and that it happened only on a certain day of the year.

As I studied the two birds a strange wind began to blow and I never felt so alone as I did then while watching them. I began to get a little scared and didn't know what to do, so I decided to walk back home. Just at that moment though the birds flew away, and I noticed the seagull had turn black.

While walking home I thought hard to myself about how in the world I was going to get people to believe my story. Everyone would surely think it was a fake? All I had on my side was the story from the old man who believed it himself. So I just decided to keep the experience to myself. Until now!

Carmen Pitka

 Raven's Wife

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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