The Raven Story


Enduring Understandings

This video shows storyteller Shirley Kendal (Eagle Shangukeidee clan from the village of Hoonah) telling one of the dozens of Raven stories she heard as a child. The big ideas in this Learning Center are:

  1. Creation stories play a central role in all cultures, to describe who we are and where we came from.
  2. Creation stories contain essential cultural and geographic information.
  3. Creation stories communicate essential values.

Tlingit Territory

Raven stories are told throughout Alaska. During the early 20th Century, linguists recorded the stories of the Tlingit and Haida people in great detail -- but storytellers such as Shirley Kendall learned them from her family and community.

Tlingit territory is in Southeast Alaska, represented in this map in green (along with the territories of the Eyak, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples, who are closely related culturally but not linguistically).

This video, adapted from material provided by the ECHO partners, presents a telling of the Tlingit myth, "How Raven Gave Light to the World." The story is told by Shirley Kendall (Eagle Moiety), originally from the Alaskan village of Hoonah. It is illustrated with video of Native dancers and Alaskan scenery, as well as with images depicting Raven.