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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.






The Creation Legend


A very long time ago, Raven was flying over the big waters and saw a beautiful fish woman swimming be low. Raven fell in love with her and flew down to ask her to marry him. The fish woman was happy to see him, but before she would marry him she made him agree to one condition.

"I will marry you, Raven," she said, "if you will make some land so that I don't have to swim all of the time and I can dry my hair on the beach."

Raven agreed to her request and flew away to make land. He wanted someone to help him so he went to find some help.

He flew around until he found a seal swimming in the warm waters.

"Seal," said Raven, "I need some sand from the bottom of the sea. Will you dive down and bring up some for me?"

Raven was very clever and did not tell the seal what he wanted the sand for.

Seal replied, "I will have to ask Frog for the sand."

Raven thought for a moment and said, "If you will ask Frog to get the sand for me, I will grant you both a favor."

"Oh," said Seal, "I'd like to have a shiny, warm coat of fur to keep me warm instead of these slimy scales. Then I could swim in the colder waters and keep warm."

Raven promised Seal the fur coat if he'd get the sand for him. At once Seal dived to the bottom of the sea where he found Frog. He told him of the Raven's request and promise to grant them both a favor.

Frog told Seal, "Tell Raven that if he wants my sand he will have to make me Keeper-of-the-Earth's-Treasures, once and for all."

Seal was amazed at such a request but told it to Raven who was also amazed.

"That's asking for a lot," Raven said, "but tell Frog that if he gives me the sand I will grant his request."

With that, Seal again dived down deep to speak with Frog, all the while wishing that he had asked for more than just a fur coat.

When he told Frog that Raven agreed, Frog filled an old frogskin with sand and gave it to Seal.

As soon as Raven had the sand, he flew high into the air where the wind was blowing the strongest. Then, he opened the frogskin and cast the sand into the wind where it was scattered to all four corners of the world. Every place that a grain of sand landed, an island was formed. Some islands were bigger than others because some sand grains were bigger than others.

Once the land was made, the fish woman walked on the beach and dried her hair for the first time in her life. She agreed to marry Raven, and from their marriage came the great Raven clan.

For their help, Seal received a warm fur coat and Frog became the guardian of the earth's treasures.

 The Creation Legend

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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