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- Print Length: 146 pages
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- Publication Date: April 28, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K03EUBW
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Raven Tales: Stories of the Raven based on the folklore of the Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Inuit, and Athapascan of Alaska Kindle Edition
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Waller states, “The Tlingit and the Haida don’t have myths; they are stories about our history”, and that is how I read this book, but I don’t know their world, so I could only see it through events that I know about or have experienced in my world. The Origins of the Tides chapter, for example, provides practical information: it warns water travelers about ebbing and rising sea levels and tells them to secure their canoes to stationary objects to escape being pulled out by the tides.
On the other hand do the legends tell about actual events? I wondered about the villagers going through their daily lives in times of darkness until the Raven rebirthed himself as a baby, stole the stars, moon and most importantly the sun from his grandfather and replaced them up into the sky. Could this actually tell of a period with an enormous amount of volcanic activity that darkened the atmosphere for months, maybe for years?
Within this presented heritage history of the native Alaskans, I saw a standard of morals: do not be selfish, treat others wells, respect nature and learn from nature.
The folklore not only tells us of ourselves and the others we share this planet with, but also of extinct sea and land creatures like the a-mi-kuk. The description of this sea creature made me think of my culture’s mystic griffins. Did such animals as the a-mi-kuk exist at one time?
As I read, I wondered what it would have been like to hear these tales. I have not had the experience of hearing stories around a campfire, glancing about wondering what lurks in the darkness outside the light circle of the fire, but I have been in dark caverns known as movie theaters, enthralled in Frank Herbert’s Dune universe, his sandworms, and felt the awe and fear that might have creep over a young Inuit listening to tales of the fierce sea and land burrowing a-mi-kuk.
I felt at times like I was seated in the smoke house, listening to the elders tell how the Raven was teaching us who we are and from whence we came. The stories show how ancients peoples tried, like many of us today, to understand how we, the trees, the mountains, even the sun above us got here.