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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.






How Raven Killed The Whale


As usual, Raven was hungry. He had heard of a large whale near an island and so he went to see it for himself. The people in the village near the whale were afraid of it, and they were too scared to go fishing.

Raven flew to the place and watched the whale for three days hoping to think of a way to trick it. You see, the smart bird knew that he would have lots of meat if he could kill the whale.

Finally, an idea came to him and he walked up close to the whale who was resting near shore.

"Please come closer, Cousin Whale, so that I may speak with you," requested Raven.

Whale opened his eyes and slowly swam up to the small black bird and asked what he wanted.

"I have come to tell you that we are cousins," responded the trickster.

"That is impossible! You are a bird and I am a whale. We cannot be relatives," said the great whale.

"Oh," said Raven, "it is true and I can prove it to you."

The whale was curious and asked how he could prove their relation.

"If you open your mouth," said Raven, "I will show you how our throats are the same shape, which proves that we are cousins."

Although the giant whale was not completely satisfied, he was soon opening his mouth for Raven nonetheless.

When the creature's mouth was open far enough, Raven ran into his mouth and down his throat. He was wearing a backpack with his knife and some firewood in it, and once inside he cut meat from the whale and cooked it over a small fire.

Whale knew that he had been tricked so he pleaded with Raven not to eat his heart. Raven agreed at the time and spent many days living inside the whale's body eating his meat whenever he grew hungry, which was most of the time.

Once most of the flesh had been cooked and eaten, Raven began to pull out Whale's organs as well. He ate his liver and other parts, but left the heart.

One day, Whale told Raven that the water was getting shallower and that they were near land. Raven took his knife and cut out Whale's heart and ate it, killing the great creature immediately.

The dead body washed up onto shore but Raven could not get out because the giant mouth was closed. He stayed inside the whale for another few days eating the rib cage.

On the third day he heard the voices of men outside. It was a group of hunters who had found the whale carcass. As soon as the people cut the whale, Raven flew out and escaped.  

How Raven Killed The Whale

Dotson' Sa, Great Raven Makes The World

Raven Steals The Light

When Raven Was Killed

How Raven Killed The Whale

Raven and Mink

Raven Lost His Eyes

- Miska Deaphon, Nikolai Nwch'ihwzoya'

Raven and Goose-Wife

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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