Crow story

Storytelling: Crow Story

"The story of the Crow story is a long story. And no end to that. I think you can’t finish [in] six months or something if you really know all the story. That’s how the world, that’s how the world, yeah, that’s how this world [is] set up. And when he fly from that place there he fly over to Fish Lake, Marsh Lake, down that way, all the way to Frances Lake. He fly all over [the] place, all this world. He put the fish in there, drop it, drop it, drop it, drop, that’s why all the fresh water fish. Yeah. He got that fish from Eagle. That’s why we got all kids of fish."

Johnnie Smith tells crow stories, 1998

YA, Yukon Archives fonds, 2009/9R, SR 270 (3)

Storytelling is a highly developed part of Yukon First Nations cultural heritage. For countless generations, stories have been used to explain and interpret their world. The stories teach lessons about resources and relationships, and they pass on information about events in the past. They illustrate themes that are central to peoples’ lives.

One of the most common stories describes how Crow created the world. Crow stories are linked to the Raven stories of the coastal peoples of Alaska. To Yukon First Nations people, Crow was responsible for the world taking on its present form. Crow was the creator, the trickster, the transformer. There are many different versions of the story of how Crow created the world. This version was told by Kwanlin Dun elder Johnnie Smith, son of Kitty Smith.

"That Crow, he does everything, teaches everything."

Kitty Smith (in Cruikshank: Dän Dhá Ts'edenintth'é/Reading Voices)

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