Baby Raven Reads- "Aadé S’áxt’ Haa Jeet Kawdihayi Yé" ("How Devil's Club Came to Be," Lingít version)

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Aadé S’áxt’ Haa Jeet Kawdihayi Yé (How Devil’s Club Came to Be) is an original story that tells of a young girl who sets out to save her village. This book, which was previously published in English through Baby Raven Reads, is told entirely in Lingít, which was composed by Tlingit Elder Florence Sheakley. Written by Tlingit author Miranda Rose Kaagwéil Worl and illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade. Lingít audio narrated by Jill Meserve.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGoKk-JZWo1O4g5oS9FiQG8lVCrnMDpFY

Aadé S’áxt’ Haa Jeet Kawdihayi Yé  is an original story inspired by ancient oral traditions. It tells the story of Raven's niece who sets off to save her village after a giant kidnaps her village's shaman and leaves her people ailing. Along the way, she meets the Thunderbird People and is transformed into a Thunderbird. In this form, she fights the giant and discovers devil's club, a plant common in Southeast Alaska that is considered sacred for its medicinal properties.

Baby Raven Reads is an award-winning Sealaska Heritage education program that promotes early-literacy, language development and school readiness for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5. The pilot program in Juneau ended in 2017, and SHI received funding to offer the program for another three years and to expand it to nine other communities in Southeast Alaska.