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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 Message from Raven

Long ago there lived a man, his wife, and two children, a little boy and a little girl. They lived by themselves somewhere in the wilderness of Alaska. One day the husband decided to go hunting in the hills that weren't far from where he and his family lived. He left telling his wife that he would return the next day.

The next day came, and when he didn't show up his wife started to get worried because it was going to get dark soon. She and her two kids waited and waited for him to come but he never showed up. She didn't have any idea that her husband was out in the hills living with two other women.

The man didn't know a raven was spying on his every move. And it was the raven who flew back to his wife and told her that her husband was messing around somewhere in the hills with two other women. After hearing about this she was very angry and she got ready to go out looking for him.

She left the two kids in the house and got a black bear skin for warmth because it was a little chilly outside. The raven guided her to the cabin where her husband was. Before she went inside she tried to take off the bear skin but for some reason it could not come off her body. Then she noticed she had turned into a black bear. She was surprised but still remembered the selfish act her husband had committed behind her back. She became so enraged she knocked down the door of the cabin and caught her husband messing around with those two pretty women. She let out a big roar and mauled her husband and the two women to death. After she had done this she tore down the cabin that her husband was in, then started heading back to her two kids that she had left alone. When she got there she was still dressed as a bear and her kids didn't recognize her and they started crying in fear. She blew her bear breath on the boy and he turned into a mink. Then she blew on the little girl, turning her into a white weasel. After that they each ran off into the wild and joined their own kind.

By: Sophie Tiffert Interviewed by: Chris Fitka

The Message from Raven

White Raven turns Black

- Ellen Alstrom/Fred Alstrom

The Message from Raven

- Sophie Tiffert/Chris Fitka

A Bear Scare

- Lula Teganlakla/Darcy Kameroff

Eels Are Here

- Charlie Teganlakla/Darcy Kameroff

One Spring Day...

- Teresa Kameroff/Darcy Kameroff

How Raven Turned Black

- Nick Isaac/George Heckman

How Raven Made the Milky Way

- Alexander Isaac

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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