Ravens and Film: Stories of Continuity and Mediation


  • Eugenia Kisin


This article reviews the first seven episodes of the computer-animated television series Raven Tales. Raven Tales adapts Northwest Coast First Nations myths and legends, circulating these stories to increase their reach and relevance for young audiences. I examine the series in terms of its content's role in cultural renewal in First Nations communities, in relation to the mediations enacted through its production histories, and in the ways in which its form relates to other Northwest Coast visual projects. I argue that Raven Tales works to mediate positive identities both within Native communities and against non-Native power structures.