Tlingit Stories

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Gift of the Salmon
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • As Raven flew over the forest, some of the salmonberries that he was carrying in his beak fell into the river. The berries washed out into the ocean where,
    “They grew and they grew until each sprouted a tail. Then two eyes and a mouth, both male and female.”
    Bill Helin’s lyrical text and engaging illustrations will delight readers of all ages with this story about the origin of the salmon and its food chain and life cycle.

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Hong Kong Story Totems
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • In 2012, Bill Helin traveled to Hong Kong to work with a school to carve two totem poles. One pole is about the Chinese culture and the other reflects his Tlingit culture. This book describes the poles and the process of carving them over a period of three months.

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Making a Canoe
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • Bill Helin is a Tlingit artist, carver and storyteller. In this book, he describes the step-by-step process of making his first cedar dugout canoe. From searching for the right tree in the forest to paddling the finished canoe for the first time, each step is clearly described and illustrated.

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Making a Drum
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • In this book, Bill Helin explains the importance of songs and drumming to the culture and history of the Tlingit people. He also describes the process that he went through to make his first drum. An illustrated series of directions and a supply list will give the reader a clear understanding of the drum maker’s craft.

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Raven Returns the Daylight
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • In this beautifully illustrated chapter book, Bill Helin tells the story of how Raven freed the sun, moon and stars. The Chief of Darkness had thought he was clever to keep them all hidden away. Discover how Raven shows how clever he can be as he transforms himself to return daylight to the world.

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Spirit Bear
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • One spring day the forest animals gathered with Mother Bear to meet her two new cubs. As they emerged from the den, Raven gifted a sacred white feather (a symbol of peace and harmony) to one of them. This beautifully illustrated story of a little spirit bear is written in lyrical text and will appeal to readers of all ages.

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Tlingit Fishing
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • Bill Helin grew up in a family of fisherman. In this book he describes some of the traditional Tlingit fishing tools and methods. Herring, salmon, halibut, cod, red snapper and oolichan are some of the fish that are described in this book and that Bill’s family is thankful for.

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Tlingit Storytellers
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • In this book, Bill Helin explains the importance of stories and storytellers to the culture and history of the Tlingit people. Often using animals of the forest and ocean as characters, the storytellers wove teachings of survival, respect and family life into the fabric of their stories.

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