Raven liked to paddle his kayak out into the sea. One day he saw a large whale.
In the center of the whale’s belly, Raven saw a beautiful girl dancing.
Raven grabbed the girl. He heard the strings snap as he flew with her out of the whale up into the sky.
The whale was dead and the girl in his arms grew smaller and smaller and disappeared.
Raven was overcome with great sorrow. He was so sad that he landed on the sand beside the body of the whale.
Then Raven began to dance.
He danced for weeks.
Then Raven began to sing.
He sang for weeks and weeks until his heart was soothed.
Raven understood that everything in this world lives and dies, and everyone - human and animal - has a heart and a soul.
Read a full version of the tale on the Healing Story Alliance website.