how the raven released the light

by Jacki November. 12, 2011 898 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 7 years, 9 months ago

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

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Edyta 8 years ago

awesome!

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Mike 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Pandka 8 years ago

Superb!

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Jay 8 years 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)

8 years ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Felecia 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Abe Jackson 8 years ago

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

8 years ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 8 years, 1 month ago

fantastic shot!!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Kathy 8 years, 1 month ago

Brilliant shot!!!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jordijoan 8 years, 1 month ago

Para enmarcar ! genial !!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Leif Petersson 8 years, 1 month ago

Absolutely fabulous shot !!!!!!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Serena 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Gabriella Kraus 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jarvo J 8 years, 1 month ago

Oh wow that is brilliant. Instant favourite!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sara G 8 years, 1 month 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" :-))

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
David Swatton 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Renato Martins 8 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful shot... and story too.

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Nynke 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 8 years, 1 month 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.

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Vterezia 8 years, 1 month ago

GREAT******

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Yulia 8 years, 1 month ago

Amazing foto!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Zajä…C 8 years, 1 month ago

suuuper!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Josy 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Lyency 8 years, 1 month ago

fabulous image and legend!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Yves Monast 8 years, 1 month ago

awesome pic well done

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Diane Davis 8 years, 1 month ago

Exquisite shot. The legend is wonderful, too.

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Karman 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jennifer Litwinowicz 8 years, 1 month ago

fantastic:)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Darlene Foster 8 years, 1 month ago

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

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