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The Story of Why the Raven is Black as shared by bear Medicinewalker


The other day I re-blogged the myth of Sedna. Here is another indigenous myth about explaining why the raven is black. I found students loved to hear these stories told as part of the oral tradition by an elder. It added a quality to the story that is not always there in reading.

Originally posted on bear Medicinewalker:

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This was shared to me by an Elder who asked me if I knew how the Raven became black. since my response was no this is what Black elk Shared with me…and now in turn I share with you..

Long ago, during the very beginning of the world, Gray Eagle was the guardian of the sun, the moon, the stars, fresh water and fire. Gray Eagle hated people so much that he kept these things hidden. The peoples lived in darkness, without fire and without fresh water.

Gray Eagle also had a beautiful daughter, and when Raven saw her he instantly fell in love with her. At that time Raven was a handsome young man so he came up with a plan to change himself into a snow-white bird. As the snow-white bird he pleased Gray Eagle’s daughter and soon she fell madly in love with him. So much so…

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About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

4 responses »

  1. Thanks for sharing. It doesn’t matter from what culture the myth or legend come from they teach powerful life lessons. If you are interested in Greek Mythology I would recommend the blog Eternal Atlantis by Luciana Cavallaro

    • When I taught Grade 6, the students enjoyed the Ancient Greek section of the curriculum due to the myths and stories. We overlapped the Social Studies with Language Arts and Science which had a sky science unit. I will look at Eternal Atlas. Thank you for the suggestion James.

  2. Interesting comment Ivon, I totally agree,

    Look at how our posts are enhanced by a photo, a painting. The more depth we can bring to any moment expands it, awareness.

    Hearing and seeing an elder, is like the difference of history class about the Civil War compared to Ken Burns sequel. With layered upon layered of nuance, pictures, audio, cannons, real letters, people Burns brings it alive.

    Why the touch screen pad is so addictive.


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