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Raven Tales Episode 05: Love And War DVD
  • Qos is in love with Igis, but she’ll have nothing to do with him. He becomes more and more despondent as he is the only man without a mate or children and winter is upon them, but Igis is simply too much in love with herself to love anybody else. Qos goes to Raven for advice, who tells him to trick her. Raven tells him to go out and follow Igis wherever she walks, and gather the snow from her footsteps to make a snowman, and dress it with her old clothing. Raven invokes a spell and turns the mess of snow and rags into Moowis, a brave, handsome warrior that is the mirror image of Igis.

    When Igis sees Moowis and falls immediately in love. She follows Moowis everywhere tells everyone in the village tha she plans to marry him. Qos begins to complain that the trick hasn’t worked, but Raven tells him to be patient.

    The wedding day comes and Igis stands ready to wed Moowis. He stands with her in the sun and melts into a pool of water. Igis looks down into the pool and sees only her own face. Raven points out then that she has always only loved herself, even when someone else has loved her. She asks who and Qos comes forward. She realizes how much Qos has loved her all this time and agrees to marry him instead.

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Raven Tales Episode 06: Bald Eagle DVD
  • All the kids who are walking along with Eagle one day ask him why he is bald. Eagle denies he is bald, then tells them as long as they don’t tell anyone else, he will tell them how he came to look like he does. He tells them about the world before the light, the Great Spirit called Eagle and Raven to come and carry him across the world for he wished to see it. He told them to fly to the ocean so he could drink, but he became much heavier and so he was harder to carry.

    The Great Spirit then wanted to eat, so they took him to a river to eat some fish. He invited Raven to join him and Raven ate so much he can’t fly anymore, leaving Eagle to carry them both. They decide to visit Frog, who tells them a story of how the world will one day be filled with light and people. The Great Spirit asks frog to show him where all this will happen, and they all climb on top of Eagle to get there. Frog, Raven and Great Spirit poke fun at Eagle, who is growing tired and frustrated. Angrily, he drops them from his back and they fall to the ground.

    Raven and Frog start to get up when Great Spirit tells them to lay down and play dead. Let Eagle come close, he says, then I’ll show him. Sure enough, Eagle comes down to investigate as he is worried he has killed his friends. As he gets close, the Great Spirit reaches up and grabs Eagle by his head-feathers. Eagle pulls and pulls until he finally breaks free, but all his head-feathers have turned white. Eagle is horrified, but Great Spirit tells him that is what he gets for having no sense of humor.

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Raven Tales Episode 07: The Child of Tears DVD
  • Igis and Qos are trying to have a child without success. Frog comes upon Igis crying in the forest, and she tells her of the witch-creature Dzunukwa, a powerful with who may be able to help her; for a price. Igis decides to call to Dzunukwa, who tells her that if Igis gathers her tears together and mixes it with earth, then Dzunukwa will make a child from it. The price, she says, is that if the Child ever calls out to its maker in sadness then Dzunukwa will return to take not only the child, but all of the other children in the village as well!

    Igis agrees without hesitation and promises to pay Dzunukwa’s price, confident that her child will be loved and cherished. Igis gathers her tears for Dzunukwa and sure enough she soon has her own child, Klundux. However, the other children make fun of the Klundux; even Igis worries out loud that he looks so different. Overhearing her, Klundux runs away crying, and calls out to Dzunukwa to take him away.

    Dzunukwa returns and demands her reward. Although the parents offer their finest and most precious possessions, Dzunukwa refuses them all and tells them what she will take all of the children. The parents are horrified, but they can do nothing to stop her as they fade away into the forest.

    Wina notices that Klundux has left a trail of wet footprints so the parents decide to find Dzunukwa's home and retrieve their children. Meanwhile, the children find that Dzunukwa, although scary to look at is actually quite nice and knowledgeable, and she teaches them many secrets of the forest.

    Eventually, the parents reach Dzunukwa's home and find her playing with the children. Frog appears and offers a solution; the promise need not be broken if the children come to play with Dzunukwa in the Summer months when there is so much work for their parents to do, then return to the village in the fall. Dzunukwa agrees, but she misses the children and her tears fall every time they depart, which is why the clouds come and the rain falls until summer returns.

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Raven Tales Episode 08: Howl At The Moon DVD
  • The people in the village are tired, hardly able to stay awake and complaining about the howling of the wolves. The adults of the village agree that the wolves must be run off, and they head off into the woods to flush them out and burn the wolf dens. During the hunt, Wina follows a pair of wolves to a high shelf of rock where they become trapped. However, Wina lowers his spear and decides he cannot kill them, but as it jumps by him a Wolf knocks Wina off the shelf and into a river below.

    The men return to the Village and find Wina is missing. They discuss searching for him, but it has begun to snow, winter is upon them. They’ll have to wait out the storm. The storm passes, but as the men make ready to leave, Wina emerges from the forest covered with a warm deer fur, looking well rested and fed. He tells them how he became lost, but was taken care of by two shadowy strangers in a cave in the woods. They soon revealed themselves as the wolves he did not kill in the hunt. They explain that he had showed mercy, and deserved no less. They asked that he should tell the people of the village that they mean no harm and only cry out in the night to tell the people of the village that all is well.

    Wina finishes his story and tells the rest of the village that from that point on he and his family will be of the wolf clan; they will wear a symbol of the wolf and build a totem to honor them and protect them.

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Raven Tales Episode 09: Raven And The Coyote DVD
  • One summer day, Frog is visited by her friend from the south, Mother Toad. They are laughing and telling stories about the Coyote, a great trickster like Raven. Overhearing them, Raven becomes jealous and heads south in search of the strange beast. When he finds him, Raven tricks Coyote into thinking that he can fly.

    After several painful attempts, Raven suggests to Coyote that he might need a head start, so he grabs hold of Coyote’s nose and carries him high into the air. Coyote begins to wiggle in pain and his nose begins to stretch. Raven warns him to stop wiggling or he’ll have to let go, but Coyote can’t help himself. As they rise above the clouds, Coyote wriggles free. He falls so quickly that his tail catches fire and then he strikes the ground in a puff of dust. When the dust clears Coyote no longer stands on two legs, but four. His red skin is now covered in brown-gray dust, and his nose is long with holes where Raven held him and his tail has a black singe mark at the end.

    Raven laughs, thinking that he has tricked the Coyote, but in fact, it is the Coyote who has tricked Raven! Coyote wanted to change his appearance so that he could fool the creatures of the desert that have come to know him in his old form, so he tricked Raven into transforming him!

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Raven Tales Episode 10: Raven Gets Sick DVD
  • It is a cold winter and everybody in the village is sneezing and miserable, including Raven and Eagle. Nobody can understand what is happening, but Frog arrives and tells them how sickness came to the people: Early in the new world, the animals call the Great Spirit to meet with them. They complain that the humans have all of the advantages, including hands, the ability to walk upright, master fire, create shelter and rule both day and night. The animals complain of their suffering each winter; the bears sniffling in dark caves, the bugs aching joints, the snakes soar bellies and the birds aching throats.

    The Great Spirit decides that once a year, during the winter the people of the will suffer like the bear and the snake and the insect and will be silenced as the birds. But as Frog has counseled me, and as the plants have agreed, the people may find a cure for these ills in the roots, the leaves and the bark of the plants. If the people are smart enough to find them, and wise enough to preserve and remember them.

    The animals look at each other and smiled. They aren’t smart enough to figure that out, and certainly not wise enough to remember. Frogs ends her narration and we are back at the village. The people are stunned to hear this. Then they look around to see Raven gobbling at berries and plants in hopes of finding a cure. Hmmm, he says, stomach bulging, I feel better already.

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Raven Tales Episode 11: The Flood DVD
  • Spring has arrived and the world is filled with light and warmth, and the children are at play. They see a tiny mouse staring at them, who warns the children that a great flood is coming, and that they must go to higher ground. She tells them that their parents will not understand her, so the responsibility to save the village is theirs. Over the next few days, they try to warn their parents, who remain skeptical. Raven and Eagle just laugh at them, and Frog simply advised them that they were told to do it themselves, so they should find a way. The days pass and the children grow frantic, until finally they get an idea.

    That night, everything of value is taken from the village as the people sleep. Then there are cries of help in the night. Suddenly all the parents wake up and see that not only has everything been stolen, but also the children are missing and crying out to them. They run toward the cries of help, up to the top of a great hill where they find the children surrounding a pile of their possessions. They begin to get angry when a tiny mouse appears at the top of the pile and points down the hill as the Sea erupts in great waves that destroy the village. They look down at the children. You tried to warn us, and we wouldn’t listen. The mouse transforms into Mouse woman. They have lost their village, but they have been saved, she squeaks, but the adults cannot understand her. A child turns to them and explains that she is saying you must learn to listen to even the smallest among you. Even a mouse can roar.

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Raven Tales Episode 12: The Gathering DVD
  • The First People return to their village, which has been destroyed by the great flood. They struggle to work, but days go by but they make little progress by themselves. After many days they are exhausted and hungry with much still to be done. Frog reminds them that they have many friends, they just need to call on them. Qos calls to Kulos, who helps them to rebuild their homes. Gwai calls to the Sea Wolf, who brings them food from the sea. Still they find they are falling behind, trying to take care of the kids and rebuild. Frog reminds them of Dzunakwa, who comes to take the children into the forest.

    They begin to make progress, but fall is coming too fast. Frog suggests that they ask the animals of the forest. The people are skeptical; after all, it was the animals that gave them colds and fevers in the winter. Frog says yes, but if you call to them perhaps they will come. The people are suspicious, but they call out to the animals for help, and just like that the animals come from out of the forest and begin to help the people rebuild.

    Just as the first snow begins to fall they are finished and one by one they say goodbye to their friends. The animals look on and begin to slink back into the forest, assuming they will not be thanked. At this, Raven steps forward and asks them all to stay. There is so much food and they have warm homes and the animals have had no time to ready themselves for winter. We must celebrate this time, says Frog, and the people agree happily. They celebrate the first potlatch by giving gifts of food to the animals.

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Raven Tales Episode 13: The Rough Face Girl DVD
  • The first Raven Tales episode to be created in HD, the Rough Face Girl is a tale about a young girl who learns a valuable lesson about the beauty within herself. The story is told to Dza by the mysterious Frog, and in the young girl's imagination the story is re-enacted by the people of the village in a funny and heartfelt performance.

    The boys are making fun of Dza because she is a girl. Winadzi calls her ugly, which really hurts her feelings. Walking alone by herself in the forest, she comes upon the mysterious Frog, who tells her the story of the Rough Face girl. The Raven Tales cast take on the roles in Frog’s tale, including Winadzi and Widi as the Rough Face Girl’s older sisters. In the tale, the young Rough Face Girl comes upon a huge wigwam. A great bird guards the entrance, and informs her that the Great Spirit is inside, and that he is looking for a wife. He tells her that only someone who can see the Great Spirit can be his wife. Rough Face returns to the village but the people laugh at her wild tale. During the night however, her sisters steal her shell necklace and cloak, and take them as gifts to the Great Spirit in an attempt to woo him. They sneak past the sleeping bird, and once inside, they lie about being able to see the Great Spirit, and his voice sends them away in shame.

    The Rough Face girl wakes up to find her gifts are missing, so she asks her father for something to offer the Great Spirit. He offers her an old pair of moccasins, which are in disrepair, but she sees the value in them, and thus she suddenly understands. She returns to the wigwam, and informs the Great Spirit that she can see him in the beauty inside of all things. He appears and accepts her as his wife, and her true beauty is revealed. They return to the village and the people are amazed at her beauty. But the Rough Face girl tells them that it was there all the time, if only that had looked inside, her. This ability she gives to them all as a wedding present, then she, her Father and the Great Spirit disappear forever.

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Raven Tales Episode 14: Dream, Dream, Dream DVD
  • Widi seems to be always daydreaming and looking out to sea. Gwayum is worried. She goes to Frog who decides to tell Gwayum a story:

    In the earliest times the Great Spirit looked about and saw nothing. No colors, no beauty. Time was silent in darkness. There was no sound. Nothing could be seen or felt. The Great Spirit decided to fill this space with light and life. He created the land and molded the mountains and the valleys. He said, "Everything is ready now. I will fill this place with all of the makings of life. " He thought and thought about what kind of creatures he would make until he fell asleep. He saw strange things in his dream. There were plants of all colors, insects, animals, birds and human beings. Everything seemed out of place. The Great Spirit thought he was having a bad dream; nothing could be this imperfect!

    When he awoke, the Great Spirit saw Raven, Eagle and Frog. They were at play in this first world, and he realized the world of his dream became his creation. Everything he dreamed about would eventually come true. When he saw how Raven and Eagle and Frog acted in concert with one another, he then knew every thing has it's place, and purpose in the time to come. “We must not question the dreamers amongst us,” says Frog, “but be patient and help them if we can. They are the creators.”

    Gwayum takes this to heart and as Frog hops away Widi jumps up. “I’ve got it!” He runs to the others and tells them he knows how to make a boat fly. They all laugh at him, but Gwayum offers to help. Working together, they take a length of fabric and attach it to a pole, which he puts in his tiny boat. It is a sail, and sure enough, it makes the boats fly over the water.

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Raven Tales Episode 15: Dog Days DVD
  • The children are fishing when a great wind takes them to a beach far from home. They see some huge footprints, and afraid, they hide in the bushes. As they crouch low they see the huge feet of a huge animal that looks like a wolf. The creature coaxes them from their hiding place and introduces himself as Dog. Dog helps the children hunt for food and keeps them warm at night. Eventually, he brings them home to meet his master, a Giant the children have never seen before.

    After a few days, Dog asks the Giant if he can help the children to go home. The Giant takes the children and Dog to the seashore and transforms him into 3 times his size. He puts the children on Dog’s back and they swim home. As he nears the people’s village, Dog becomes smaller as the Giant’s magic leaves him, until he is half his original size. Dog leaves the children on the beach and tells them he is sorry that he is so small, and surely will be of little use now. Too small to swim back, he disappears into the forest. When the children tell their tribe of their adventure, the people are skeptical, but they are glad the children are safe.

    A few moons come and go until one morning while the tribe sleeps, Dog returns to the children, hungry and dirty. He allows them to pet him and takes food from their hands. They wonder aloud about the giant who gave them the Dog and he tells them it was the Great Spirit. The people offer to let him stay and he becomes a member of the hunt.

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Raven Tales Episode 16: The Great Bear Rock DVD
  • During a long hunt, the people come across a huge boulder sitting on the beach. The wonder where it came from and make up stories among themselves as to how it might have come to be. Finally, Frog interrupts them and tells them what really happened: In the early days after the light was released, there was a great grizzly bear that bullied all of the other animals, bragging of his great strength and eating all of their food. One day, he discovered and consumed Raven’s store of fish, and Raven vowed to deal with the bear once and for all. Frog whispered a secret in Raven’s ear about the Great Bear’s weakness, giving Raven an idea...

    Raven Challenged the Great Bear that he wasn’t strong enough to jump to the small islands off the coast, something that Raven and the other birds could do easily. Initially the Great Bear declined, but Raven persisted, questioning the Bear’s strength and courage until finally get him to answer the challenge.

    They jumped from island to island, each just a little bit farther than the last, and the Bear begins to tire. But each time, Raven would get him madder and madder until he would jump again. Finally, the largest jump left to do, and the Bear jumped, but because he was so tired his toe hit the water as he landed and he turned into the huge rock, for that was his weakness: a single drop of water would turn him to stone. And the rock remains on the beach to this day to teach the people humility.

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Raven Tales Episode 17: Baby Blues DVD
  • As Eagle and Frog look out over the sunrise, they talk about a time of change for the First People. A new child will be born to Gwaiyum. Widi is going to have a brother or a sister and all the family is very excited, except for little Widi.

    When the baby is born, she is not given a name because she will not stop crying. The adults begin to worry that the baby will never stop crying, but then her eyes land on Widi’s warrior doll, she stops abruptly and breaks into a wide smile. The parents ask Widi to give the doll to her, but he runs away instead.

    Eagle finds Widi sitting alone in the forest and tells him the story of the sacrifice made by the young girl Agas, a Comanche, who chose to sacrifice her most precious possession, her warrior doll, to please the Great Spirit.

    The Great Spirit was angry that the people had been so selfish taking from the land and giving nothing in return, that he had caused a great drought. But the little girl knew what to do. She offered her most prized possession, the doll her late father had given to her, to the Great Spirit to ask for rain. The Great Spirit was pleased, and the rains returned.

    Widi decides to make his new sister happy and to help the people of the village by giving the baby his warrior doll. The baby is happy and quiet now that she has the doll and Widi names her Agas, which means, “She who is not alone.”

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Raven Tales Episode 18: Starlight, Star Bright DVD
  • The children sit outside looking up at the stars with Dog. They wonder aloud how they came to take the shapes that they have. Eagle appears and tells them how in the beginning days, that the Great Spirit called together a huge gathering of all the four-legged creatures and birds. At this meeting the Great Spirit selected the Old Man and his Daughter, who had lost the stars to begin with, to give them a pattern for all to enjoy. The Great Spirit gathered them back into a box and they began to carefully place each one.

    Coyote was very interested in what was going on, but being a wiggler and trickster, the Great Spirit turned to him and said "Do not make mischief here!" The Old man and his Daughter were busy placing the stars in ordered patterns upon the sky: Seven Stars here and the three Stars there. When they had placed the beautiful Morning Star he stood back and admired their work, as did all the rest.

    While everyone, including the Great Spirit was gathered to gaze at the luminous Morning Star, Coyote tiptoed over to the box of stars to see for himself what the man and daughter were doing. As he lifted the boxes lid just a little, the stars rose to the occasion, pushed the lid away and raced for the sky. This is the reason so many twinkle without order or pattern, and why so many are not named.

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Raven Tales Episode 19: The Games DVD
  • Raven, Eagle, Wina and Qos are out fishing when they become ensnared by a storm and blown far out to sea, finally coming to rest on a strange island. They notice footprints that lead them to a village of people much like themselves, complete with their own Raven and Eagle. They are surprised to see Frog, who explains that there are many other people in the world, and many other Ravens and Eagles. She introduced everyone and and evening of dancing, storytelling and gift giving ensues.

    The following morning, they head back to their canoe to return home, only to find the rest of the first people, led by Gwai, arriving in canoes of their own. The two villages decide to visit together a little longer. The children soon become bored, so Frog suggests that they organize some games to pass the time. Soon, both villages are competing in a variety of activities, which culminate in a huge feast and the exchanging of prizes.

    They soon realize that in the process of competing, they have come to know and respect each other’s culture all the more, and come together in friendship. The people decide to get together on regular basis, and to join together in friendly competition once each year.

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