How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaskan Dena'ina Fable

How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaskan Dena'ina Fable


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ISBN-13: 9781513260952
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 220,331
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Barbara Atwater is a retired teacher, village administrator, and author of Walter's Story , about her great uncle Walter Johnson who was a respected Dena'ina elder. Before passing away at the age of ninety-three, her uncle left Barbara and her son, Ethan, fables and folklore of their Native American ancestors, including the story of Chulyen the raven. She hopes to carry forward the traditional stories of the Dena' ina people and share their history just as her great uncle did for their family. Barbara currently lives in Soldotna, Alaska.

Growing up in Alaska, Ethan Atwater engaged with his community at an early age and worked as a camp counselor and interned with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council. He is currently attending college and is passionate about educating children on Dena'ina folklore.

Mindy Dwyer is a prolific children's book author and illustrator, with over a dozen books published in print. She is the recipient of "Not Just For Kids Anymore Award" from the Children's Book Council, a National Parenting Publication Award, and a Young Readers Choice Award. She loves the magic and make-believe places that fairy tales offer, that they "give us permission to hold onto a childhood promise that 'anything is possible and we were put on this earth to take part in adventure.'" She now lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she continues to dream big and wonderful stories. You can find her at


"This is a modern retelling of a traditional fable and includes a glossary of Dena'ina words to learn. Whenever our great uncle Walter Johnson told us a story he would say, ‘Now you go and tell this story in your own way.’ We have taken this both as permission and as a directive.” —Barbara Atwater

"I really wanted to draw the reader into this story. I began with a black marker, drawing bold shapes, cutting and collaging papers to build a palette. A small color book dummy evolved by doing, there were no mistakes at that point. The playful process allowed us all to see the shape of the book as it grew into a picture book with a graphic novel.” —Mindy Dwyer

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