Cradle Songs of Southeast Alaska, a trilingual book, which features Lingít (Tlingit), X̱aad Kíl (Haida) and Sm'algya̱x (Tsimshian) old and new songs, English translations. Published by Sealaska Heritage Institute for the award-winning Baby Raven Reads Program.
Cradle Songs of Southeast Alaska audio CD can be purchased separately that features songs and spoken word performances by Ed Littlefield, Skíl Jáadei, Nancy Barnes, Nancy Evelyn Barnes, Katie Price, and David R. Boxley.
“Like parents throughout the world, the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian sang lullabies to their infants. These lullabies and the graphic designs introduce children to their culture, land and rich environment in which we live,” said SHI President Rosita Worl.
“Most songs in Southeast Alaska Native cultures are restricted from general public use because of clan or family membership. We are able to offer these beautiful songs because they are in the public domain or original works.”
The first two Lingít songs are attributed to Kaal.átk (Charlie Joseph) and the third one to Clara Peratrovich, who learned it from her grandmother. The versions in SHI’s book were adapted from Ed Littlefield’s 2011 CD, Walking Between Worlds.
The X̱aad Kíl songs were adapted from texts owned by the Hlii'ilaang Kun 'Lan-gáay and HIGaa'xatgu 'Láanaas families, as recorded by John Swanton. The translations and modern orthography were done by Skíl Jáadei (Linda Schrack), Kwíigaay Í'waans (Phyllis Almquist) and llskyalas (Delores Churchill).
ISBN: 978-1-946019-36-3 Board book, 5-5/8 x 5-5/8, 24 pages
Illustrated by CRYSTAL WORL. She is a Tlingit Athabascan from the Raven moiety, Sockeye Clan, Raven House. Her work—which includes kiln-cast glass, printmaking, painting, and silversmithing—explores the relationships and bonds between her people, the land, and the animals.
Tlingit songs attributed to Kaal.átk’ Charlie Joseph and Clara Peratrovich; adapted from Ed Littlefield’s CD, “Walking Between Worlds.”
Part of the proceeds of this book go to the non-profit Sealaska Heritage Institute’s cultural, educational and literacy programs for children.