Raven’s Moon

Alder, Abalone, Paint, Pigments
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The gift of light is, of course, the treasure given to mankind by the trickster Raven. This story is depicted here by the full moon face against the blue-green sky, with a pair of Ravens clutching the light between them. Having stolen the light in spirit/human form, Raven quickly transformed back into his soon-to-be-soot-stained bird form. I have designed the Ravens with a gap in the formline on their backs, exposing their spirit faces, to show them still in the act of transforming.

Moon is associated with transformation and is regarded as a guardian spirit and protector. Because the moon is a powerful figure, Shaman often called up on the Moon as a spirit guide. Among the Haida, the Moon was the exclusive crest of only a few of the highest-ranking chiefs. Most tribes, however, saw the powers of both the Moon and the Sun shining down upon everyone equally.