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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 Great Flood


The rock formations of Cape Felix on Sumez Island on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island, are symmetrical and beautiful to look at. At one place there is an opening in the rocks that looks as though someone lived there.

This was the case in ancient times. Raven lived there. This story of Raven centers around the flood of ancient times.

Raven had lived here for many years. Everything was handy to his needs. He had many close friends. But there came a time when everything changed. A day dawned when the scope of things didn't seem right. Raven sensed it right away. He told Sea Otter. It was an unusually warm day. The low tide had gone beyond the limits. Now the incoming tide started coming fast. Raven alerted his friend the sea otter. Things didn't seem right. He told the sea otter to watch out for himself. He, the Raven, would fly. The great flood had come. Only the highest mountain was not covered. It was here that Raven rested. The sea otter was not far off.

As the tide receded they could see that everything was devastated. There was not a tree left. Raven made preparations to straighten things out. He asked the sea otter for advice. The sea otter told him of a beautiful island far out at sea. This island was controlled by an island spirit and probably had survived the flood. This is the island they called Forrester Island.

Raven flew out there and found the island intact. The sea otter also swam out and met up with his own kind and other friends. Everything was the same as usual. The Spirit of the Island welcomed the visitors and made them feel at home. Raven told the Spirit of the Island what had happened. Since Raven was planning so well to rehabilitate the devastated land the spirit of Forrester Island promised help in the form of material things such as water, tree cone seeds, seeds, muskeg and so forth.

First, Raven made a large watertight basket. He filled this with water and flew with it back to his old home. He sprinkled the water all over the island and freshened the soil, and creeks began to flow again. He next went back after seeds and sowed them all over. Then he began working on the plants. On his return trip he scooped up a large chunk of muskeg and took it to the other islands. The place where he scooped up the muskeg on Forrester Island is still seen today as a hollow on top of Forrester Island. The whole top of the island is muskeg and the hollow is on the south end of the island.

His final effort was a masterpiece. He filled up his basket with tree cones and flew all over scattering the cones. This is why the islands are full of beautiful great trees today.

All this time, the sea otter was also busy. He urged his friends, the sea mammals to move back, which they did. Also, the birds moved back. Things went back to normal. Thanks to Raven, thanks to sea otter, the island country was saved.

Robert and Nora Cogo
The Great Flood

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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