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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.






Raven, a Great Hunter

Part I


Young Raven, as he was flying over the Arctic coast, spotted another bird on the beach--an eider duck. As Raven landed and skidded nearer to the stranger, he said, "Hello, Lady Bird."

"Hello, Mr. Raven. I'll share my lunch with you."

"Thank you. I had a big breakfast this morning. In fact, I was searching for some seals which the high tide usually beaches on the shore."

"I'm a sea diver. My family subsists on shellfish, and you?"

"The sea mammals, and land animals as well. I'm a good hunter, Lady Bird. Isn't this a beautiful day up here? Do you have a family?"

"No, not yet. When I'm of age, Mamma said, I'll possibly have a family. How about you?"

"That's what my parents tell me, too." They both laughed.

"If you gather a pile of shellfish, I can haul them for you and bury them under the sand on the beach for you."

"That's a very nice idea," she agreed, and added, "Please put a landmark near the mound, so I can find it easily." Thereafter, they became companions for the rest of the spring. Soon, the snow and ice melted; and, as it did, love for each other bloomed--and so suddenly! Then, one pleasant evening, young Raven asked a special question, "Will you be my wife? I'll help you when you build our nest."

And to his surprise, she accepted his proposal. Raven was so happy that he danced around his bride, the eider duck lady. From that day on, they lived together happily. Moreover, as he had promised, he was helpful to her and protected his family of five little ducklings. Three of them were brown like the mother, and the two male birds were identical to their father. They had black feathers and orange-colored claws.

As Mrs. Raven watched her children growing up, they continued to resemble their parents. The three ducklings looked and behaved like her, and the other two like their father. In the late fall, their children reached adulthood.

Some fowl migrate from the north to the south where it is warmer in climate. One cold day, Mrs. Raven explained to her children about the migration of some birds, "We cannot live in our summer homes when winter comes, children. If you wish to move away with me, you can follow me as I fly southward over the ocean. You see, your father lives up here all year, but I don't because it is too cold and the ocean freezes where I get my food. If all of you wish to fly with me, let me know this evening. We'll leave early tomorrow morning. Is that all right, Father?" "Yes, the boys and I will have to decide. I think I'll just go along as far as I can, boys, and you can go along with Mama. You might freeze to death up here. Anyways, we'll all meet again to spend the summer here."

The children decided to fly south. Though their father felt bad, he did not show it. He said, "I'll fly with you above the coastline as far south as Tikigaq, Point Hope, which is on a peninsula on the Chukchi Strait." "Yes, Dad," a son replied, "Mother and we children can spend a day and a night with you on the beach, eh boys?" They all left next morning. It took them five hours to reach Tikigaq, where the Eskimos live. During the evening, Father Raven said, "I will fly out to the ocean to say goodbye to my family, then return to the land." This plan made his family feel happier.

Raven, a Great Hunter  

The Creation

A Story of Raven

Fox And Raven

Raven And Owl

Raven, a Great Hunter
Part I

- Emily Ivanoff Brown

Raven, a Great Hunter
Part II

- Emily Ivanoff Brown

The Flight of the Geese

- Grace Slwooko

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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