how the raven released the light

by Jacki November. 12, 2011 973 views

A legend from the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest tells of how at the beginning of the world, Raven was the one who brought light to the darkness. When the Great Spirit created all things he kept them separate and stored in cedar boxes. The Great Spirit gifted these boxes to the animals who existed before humans. When the animals opened the boxes all the things that comprise the world came into being. The boxes held such things as mountains, fire, water, wind and seeds for all the plants. One such box, which was given to Seagull, contained all the light of the world.

Seagull coveted his box and refused to open it, clutching it under his wing. All the people asked Raven to persuade Seagull to open it and release the light. Despite begging, demanding, flattering and trying to trick him into opening the box, Seagull still refused. Finally Raven became angry and frustrated, and stuck a thorn in Seagull's foot. Raven pushed the thorn in deeper until the pain caused Seagull to drop the box. Then out of the box came the sun, moon and stars that brought light to the world and allowed the first day to begin.

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Vterezia 9 years, 6 months ago

great...added in my faves , thank you :)

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Edyta 9 years, 10 months ago

awesome!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mike 9 years, 10 months ago

Good stuff. I like how the seaweed brings reality back to a dreamlike image of the raven.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Pandka 9 years, 10 months ago

Superb!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay 9 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful story: thanks for sharing that. I like cultural things like this. As for your picture, it certainly warrants FP. The clarity, framing, hues and complete silhouette of the bird on the beach couldn't be any better. You were right there at the right time. Splendid. (Favorite)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 9 years, 10 months ago

I never heard this legend before.
Love this image, it has so much "Jacki-style" in it.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Felecia Eby 9 years, 10 months ago

AMAZING shadow!!! I am familiar with this story.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Abe Jackson 9 years, 10 months ago

This is a beautiful shot and I was glad to read the story.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 9 years, 10 months ago

fantastic shot!!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Kathy 9 years, 10 months ago

Brilliant shot!!!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jordijoan 9 years, 10 months ago

Para enmarcar ! genial !!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Leif Petersson 9 years, 10 months ago

Absolutely fabulous shot !!!!!!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Serena 9 years, 10 months ago

Very interesting shot...the shadow makes it powerful!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Gabriella Kraus 9 years, 10 months ago

WOW!!!! It's great! Congrats!!!!!!! :-)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 9 years, 10 months ago

Oh wow that is brilliant. Instant favourite!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sara G 9 years, 10 months ago

I don't know so much about that legend (though interesting) but the blue reflection of that bird is gorgeous.."quote the Raven, nevermore" :-))

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 9 years, 10 months ago

Wow !! This is an amazing shot . I love it and I save it !! :))

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
David Swatton 9 years, 10 months ago

Works for me as a creation theory and a lovely image to go with it - suitably ethereal :-)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Renato Martins 9 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful shot... and story too.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Nynke 9 years, 10 months ago

Fantastic picture and thanks for sharing the legend of the raven!! I really love such stories :)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 9 years, 10 months ago

Jacki, if I was to nominate your best picture of 2011 I think I would put this onto the shortlist. (And this would be a difficult job with so many greats to choose from) A very lovely image, and the legend that goes with it really enhances the experience.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Vterezia 9 years, 10 months ago

GREAT******

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Yulia 9 years, 10 months ago

Amazing foto!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Zajä…C 9 years, 10 months ago

suuuper!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Josy 9 years, 10 months ago

A magnificent legend for a photo which is it not less! BRAVO

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
-- Lyency 9 years, 10 months ago

fabulous image and legend!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Yves Monast 9 years, 10 months ago

awesome pic well done

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 9 years, 10 months ago

Everything about this shot is classic! Goes to my faves, Jacki!!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Diane Davis 9 years, 10 months ago

Exquisite shot. The legend is wonderful, too.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Karman 9 years, 10 months ago

That is an amazing capture. Very interesting legend, I had never heard that before.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jennifer Litwinowicz 9 years, 10 months ago

fantastic:)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 9 years, 10 months ago

Fabulous shot and I love the legend you chose to go with it!

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