Story last updated at 12/6/2016 - 3:56 pm
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) released six culturally-based children’s books that reflect the Native worldview as part of its Baby Raven Reads, a program for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5 that promotes language development and school readiness.
The series includes a three-book set derived from ancient creation stories that have been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years. The set includes “Raven and the Box of Daylight,” “Raven Brings Us Fire,” and “Origins of Rivers and Streams.” The books were adapted from oral histories by Pauline Duncan and illustrated by Lindsay Carron.
The series also features a book that teaches the Lingít words for colors. The Lingít words in Colors were compiled by Yarrow Vaara, and the book was illustrated by David Lang.
SHI also released “Tlingit Alphabet,” a two-book set that was edited by Katrina Hotch, Linda Belarde and Keri Eggleston, reviewed by traditional scholar Dr. Walter Soboleff and illustrated by Crystal Worl. Readers who want to hear the sounds that comprise the Lingít alphabet may do so through SHI’s new app Learning Tlingit or through an interactive tool on the institute’s language resources page at sealaskaheritage.org.
People enrolled in SHI’s Baby Raven Reads program will receive copies of Colors and the other five books from 10-11:30, Saturday, Dec. 10, at SHI’s Baby Raven Reads family event.
The books will be available at the Sealaska Heritage Store in Juneau in early December.