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 is an original translation of the 2017 Baby Raven Reads title How Devil’s Club Came to Be, written by Tlingit author Miranda Rose Ḵaagwéil Worl  and illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade. The translation was composed by Tlingit Elder Florence Sheakley. To hear audio of this book, narrated by Jill Meserve, visit SHI's YouTube channel:

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.