Native Americans who live in Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington create art and drama based on characters in traditional stories. The star of these is Raven, who is believed to be a trickster and also a shapechanger (he could change his shape into other animals). Raven stories teach lessons about how animals live together in nature. Other characters include Beaver (hard working), Mouse Woman (fairy godmother), Eagle (very powerful being) and Bear (greedy and always hungry). Share some of these stories with students in a read aloud setting. Allow time for students to discuss the stories. Invite students to create this easy origami backdrop for a puppet theater.