Raven that stole the light 929

Artist: Randy Stiglitz
Region: Coast Salish
Material: Cedar wood, abalone and horse hair

Height: 28.75″
Length: 14″
Depth: 11″

In this mask, Stiglitz is telling the story of how light came into the universe.

According to Haida legends, the world used to be in total darkness.
The Raven, who had existed from the beginning of time, was tired of groping about and bumping into things in the dark.
One day, the Raven came upon the home of an old man who lived alone with his daughter and learned that he has a great treasure : all the light in the universe contained in a tiny box concealed within many boxes. With his trickster’s qualities, the Raven managed to steal the box and this is how light came into the universe.

The light represents the first consciousness of human thought.

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