Raven and his cousin Loon were in aQasgiq in the bottom of the ocean.They decided to paint each other.Raven and Loon agreed that theywere not to laugh when their neckswere painted so as not to spoil thepainting.
Raven painted the loons stomach withwhite-colored clay and the loonshead, neck and back with soot fromthe fire pit. The loons back wasdotted with white colored clay. Theloon did as agreed and did not laughwhen his neck was being paintedalthough he was ticklish and wantedto laugh.
When the loons new color was done, it was Raven’s turn to bepainted. Raven’s stomach was painted black and the loonproceeded to paint the Raven’s back and neck with the whitecolored clay. Raven, being the mischievous rascal trickster hesometimes is, began to giggle disrupting the careful paintingbeing done by the loon. Loon got distracted and was disturbed bythe laughing Raven . In anger, the loon repainted Raven backblack making him completely dark.
The loon ran away towards theunderground entrance. Raven realized thathe was completely black and grabbedsome fire wood ash. He threw it at therunning loon.To this day, the loon has a gray spot on theback of its head.
Notes:Slide 1: Central Yupik Eskimo Raven Mask of Doolagiak Carved and painted wood raven mask. The name of the Mask is "Doolagiak" and represents the trickster - raven.; Medium/Materials: Wood, sandhill crane feathers, red, black and white pigment; Marks: Under beak, typewritten on circular label: "467"; on reverse, in black ink: "9/3433" "46"; in pencil: "1911/Dooloogoak/(Raven)/20/Buil“http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/files/fenimore/collections/thaw/exhibit1/e10233b.htmSlide 2: Model of Qasgiq and photograph of exterior - http://www.yupikscience.org/2qasgi/2-1a.html Photo of interior - http://funtongue.tripod.com/alaska/anchorage_08.htmlSlide 3: source- http://ofthewing.blogspot.com/2009/12/raven-on-wednesday.htmlSlide 4: Internet Bird Collection - http://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/great-northern-diver-gavia- immer/hunting-near-shoreSlide 5: Yup’ik folktale adapted from http://archserve.id.ucsb.edu/courses/rs/natlink/old_natlink/NATraditions/Yup%27ik/H TML/4Creation.html Loon Mask from The Living Tradition of Yupik Masks: Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer) by Ann Fienup-Riordan Page 246