Raven and the Tide Lady is a children's book based on ancient Northwest Coast Raven stories published in 2018 through SHI's Baby Raven Reads program. In the tale, illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade, Raven fights with Tide Lady to bring low tide and allow humans to gather food.
The story was adapted for children by Pauline Duncan from the works of the late Nora and Dick Dauenhauer, who transcribed it from Tlingit Elder Susie James' oral accounts. The original Raven stories are complex, humorous and sometimes filled with raucous adventures. Raven stories are not about what is viewed as proper behavior, but what is not acceptable behavior. Raven the Trickster is found in oral traditions throughout North America and elsewhere in the world and teaches people how to exist in society.
As a company with deep roots in Ketchikan we wish to honor and pay respect the original Peoples of this beautiful land: the Lingít (Tlingit), Xaadaas (Haida), and Ts’msyen (Tsimshian).
One way we are doing that is by providing direct financial support to the Sealaska Heritage Baby Raven Reads program. This program reflects our values which include early literacy as the foundation for personal growth, lifelong learning, and a means to pass essential knowledge and traditions from one generation to the next.
We are committing 100% of the profits from our Skookum® branded products to this effort to be given as an annual donation to support Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Baby Raven Reads program. Learn more about the award-winning Baby Raven Reads program here.