The Raven and the First Men

Artwork
Identifier:
2014.64.35
Artist:
Bill Reid
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Embossed and gold-stamped reproduction of a drawing.
Dimensions:
Artworks;Frames - Height: 7.5 in;14 in Width: 5.5 in;11 in
Note: Mat dimensions
Description:
A gold embossed raven crest.
Historical Context:
At the heart of the Haida vision of the world is the Raven. He is a transformer, and a catalyst; he makes things happen. This legend tells how after the great flood, at Rose Spit, a bored, insatiable Raven in search of distraction stumbled onto a clam from which squeaky sounds could be heard. Curious, the Raven enjoyed his new plaything for a while, cajoling and coercing the little creatures to come out of the clamshell. To his surprise they were four-legged creatures: the first humans.