|Crow II by Simon Brooks, (c) 2012|
|Raven by Simon Brooks, (c) 2012|
I will be telling more winter stories at a couple of other venues before the year is out, and one of the stories I will be telling will be a Siberian version of this tale: http://youtu.be/3xhWWdGm8fE. I remember watching a lot of Canadian short films growing up (it's the Commonwealth thing!), but never saw this one! I love it though, and wanted to share it. The differences between the version I found in James Riordan's Siberian Folktales and the one above on YouTube told by the Native speakers themselves, is the Siberian Raven paints Owl with ash from a fire and not oil as in the Inuit tale. And the reason Raven gets painted black is slightly different, although both tales blame Owl for one thing or another - lack of patience, or vanity, although in the Inuit tale Raven is being his usual bouncy self which don't help Owl! What are YOUR favourite winter/holiday tales? Tell me in the comments, or shoot me an email! I would love to hear from you.
One last thing before I go! Over this season folks often try to get together with family. This would be a great time to record tales our parents and grandparents tell, either personal stories about themselves and a time and place all but forgotten, or their favourite stories from childhood. If you need help coming up with ideas to start a 'story time', there are some great resources at: storycorps.org and there is a wonderful PDF here: http://nationaldayoflistening.org/downloads/DIY-Instruction-Guide.pdf that StoryCorp have put out. And here is a link to why we should be recording stories our families tell from an earlier date on my blog: http://worldofstories.blogspot.com/2011/10/recording-family-stories.html
None of us are going to be around forever, so catch those stories for our later generations and give them a piece of your own family history.
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