Carved by Morris Johnny
9"h. x 20"w. x 2".d
The Raven in Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw Mythology
It is seldom expressly stated that the chief characters among the myth people, Kwekwaxa'we and O' mat are the raven, but in discussions about the tales the identification has been made repeatedly" write Franz Boas about the Raven and his importance in Kwakwaka'wakw mythology.
The famous anthropologist explains by instance: "They have a great many adventures many of which embody origins tales. He obtains the Daylight and fresh water, makes the river, fills them with salmon, marries a dead twin woman in order to obtain salmon. When unsuccessful in this attempt he abducts the daughter of the salmon chief. He liberates the daylight, secures the tides from the wolves, causes the tides to turn, obtains the fire and liberates the herring, obtains the soil, overcomes the Southeast Wind, and paints the birds.
About the Artist Morris Johnny
Morris Johnny is of Kwakwaka’wakw and Cowichan First Nations descent. Born March 19, 1984, he has lived in Alert Bay since 1998. He has carved alongside Stephen Bruce, Don Svanvik and Bruce Alfred learning all the skills required for authenticity. Morris apprenticed with Stephen Bruce and helped to produce the 15 ft. totem that now stands outside the U’mista Cultural Centre. Morris credits his lineage for the legacy of traditional carving held in his family and that he continues to carry on. His family crests include the toothed Thunderbird, Killer Whale and the Grizzly Bear.
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