Am'ala (Sm’algya̱x edition) is an original translation of the 2017 Baby Raven Reads title Am'ala, written by Tlingit author Frank Henry Kaash Katasse and illustrated by Tsimshian artist Huk Yuunsk David Lang. The Sm’algya̱x translation was composed by Tsimshian Elder Sarah Booth in collaboration with The Haayk Foundation. To hear audio of this book, narrated by David R. Boxley, visit SHI's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGoKk-JZWo1O4g5oS9FiQG8lVCrnMDpFY
In this traditional Tsimshian story, a young man who is teased by his brothers for being lazy and dirty trains secretly with a spirit and gains superhuman strength. He takes on warriors, animals, and even a mountain before facing his greatest challenge - the world itself.
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 and to expand it to nine other communities in Southeast Alaska.