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Monday, 8 July 2013

Bill Reid ~ Raven and the First Men

Bill Reid. Raven and the First Men. Cedar. 1980

“The great flood, which had covered the earth for so long, had at last receded and the sand at Rose Spit, Haida Gwaii, lay dry. Raven walked along the sand, eyes and ears alert for any unusual sight or sound to break the monotony. A flash of white caught his eye, and there, right at his feet, half buried in the sand, was a gigantic clamshell. He looked more closely and saw that the shell was full of little creatures cowering in terror in his enormous shadow. He leaned his great head close and, with his smooth trickster’s tongue, coaxed and cajoled and coerced them to come out and play in his wonderful new shiny world. These little dwellers were the original Haida, the first humans.”   Bill Reid

Bill Reid. Raven and the First Men. Cedar. 1980

Bill Reid. Raven and the First Men. Cedar. 1980

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