Over the summer of 2016, I was selected by Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau to illustrate three ancient creation stories of the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska based on oral history that has been passed down for thousands of years. Adapted from traditional stories by Native author Pauline Kookesh Duncan, the three tales depict Raven as creator, trickster, and magician, bringing light, fresh water, and fire to the world.
“Traditional stories document Native history, reflect Native world views, and are highly valued clan possessions that are integral to Native identity.”
The books were made possible by the US Department of Education Alaska Native Education Program Grant and are part of Baby Raven Reads: A Culturally Responsive Kindergarten Readiness Program through Sealaska.
Gunalchéesh to Lee Kadinger, Jackie Kookesh, Kathy Dye, Nobu Koch, Rosita Worl, Pauline Duncan and many others for your guidance, patience, and the wonderful opportunity to be welcomed in as an artist to support this project.
You can order the books individually or as a boxed set by calling the Sealaska Heritage Store at (907) 586-9114. All proceeds are donated to the education program, Baby Raven Reads.
Original illustrations are available for purchase. Inquire: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is my first series of children’s books.
Raven Brings Us Fire
Raven and the Box of Daylight
Origins of Rivers and Streams