The Raven Steals the Light

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This new edition of a collaboration between one of the finest living artists in North America and one of Canada’s finest poets includes a new introduction by the distinguished anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill Reid and ten tales demonstrate the richness and range of Haida mythology, from bawdy yet profound tales of the trickster Raven to poignant, imagistic narratives of love and its complications in a world where animals speak, dreams come real, and demigods, monsters, ...

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Overview

This new edition of a collaboration between one of the finest living artists in North America and one of Canada’s finest poets includes a new introduction by the distinguished anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill Reid and ten tales demonstrate the richness and range of Haida mythology, from bawdy yet profound tales of the trickster Raven to poignant, imagistic narratives of love and its complications in a world where animals speak, dreams come real, and demigods, monsters, and men live side by side.

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Literature

These are simply the best versions of Indian tales I have read: they are colloquial yet poetic, precise yet spilling outside their boundaries, accumulating and then blending into one another.

Folklore

The drawings are impressive; the stories are engaging. But the real value of the book lies in the ability of Reid and Bringhurst to recreate the voice of the storyteller and in their ability to capture the sensual qualities of Haida oral literature.

Western Folklore

Two artists, in an unusual pairing of talens, have reshaped Haida myths into scenes of Haida prehistoric life that seem told by a modern-day reincarnation of Raven himself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295975245
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1996 Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 109
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Prologue 13
Haida Gwaii 15
The Raven Steals the Light 17
The Raven Steals the Salmon from the Beaver House 25
The Raven and the First Men 31
The Raven and the Big Fisherman 39
The Raven with a Broken Beak 51
The Bear Mother and Her Husband 61
Nanasimgit and His Wife 75
The Wasgo and Three Killer Whales 83
The Eagle and the Frog 91
Epilogue: The Dogfish Woman 105
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