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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.






White Raven turns Black


In the beginning of time Raven was a beautiful white bird who sang beautiful songs, but he also had a bad side of him. He often thought he was the best and challenged others to prove that he was better than the rest at anything he did.

One summer day he sat and thought about an evil scheme to trick the wise old Owl who always told Raven that he was nothing but a big show off. So Raven told Owl he could gather more food than Owl and challenged him to a race to see who could gather the most food. Since Raven was a lazy bird, he planned to steal Owl's food while owl was asleep. And since Raven hunted during the day and Owl hunted at night, Raven thought that in the dark he would have a good chance of stealing Owl's food. The race was to begin the next day.

Raven gathered food all day, often stealing from others smaller than him or stealing from bigger animals when they weren't watching. But Owl kept an eye on Raven all day because he knew this bird was up to something. Towards sunset Raven knew it was time to deceive Owl and steal his food to win the bet. He found a camp fire and rolled in the ash to hide his white feathers, not knowing that Owl knew what he was doing. Seeing this, the wise old Owl put a spell on him saying that he would become whatever he thought he was. Meanwhile Owl filled up his nest with rocks instead of food.

That night Owl sat on a tree branch and watched as the ash-covered Rave slowly crept up to his nest and started eating the rocks. When he finally realized he was eating rocks he tried to cough them up, making a "caw caw" sound. It was then that Owl's spell came into effect and Raven became a black bird who couldn't sing beautiful songs anymore, but could only call "caw caw" and had to spend the rest of his life stealing his next meals.

And Owl was right, Raven was nothing but a show off.

By:Ellen Alstrom
Interviewed by: Fred Alstrom
White Raven turns Black

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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