The Raven Steals the Light

This new edition of a collaboration between one of the finest living artists in North America and one of Canada s finest poets includes a new introduction by the distinguished anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill Reid and ten tales demonstrate the richness and range of Haida mythology, from bawdy yet profound tales of the trickster RaThis new edition of a collaboration between one of the finest living artists in North America and one of Canada s finest poets includes a new introduction by the distinguished anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill Reid and ten tales demonstrate the richness and range of Haida mythology, from bawdy yet profound tales of the trickster Raven to poignant, imagistic narratives of love and its complications in a world where animals speak, dreams come real, and demigods, monsters, and men live side by side.
The Raven Steals the Light This new edition of a collaboration between one of the finest living artists in North America and one of Canada s finest poets includes a new introduction by the distinguished anthropologist Claude Le

  • Title: The Raven Steals the Light
  • Author: Bill Reid Robert Bringhurst
  • ISBN: 9780295975245
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Raven Steals the Light”

    1. A collection of Haida myths accompanied by beautiful drawings by Haida artist Bill Reid. I purchased the book in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The museum was something I was really looking forward to on our trip and I wasn’t disappointed. Full of a wonderful collection of pieces from various periods in the history of the peoples of the Pacific Northwest, it was the first place I was able to glean real appreciation for the culture of the First Pe [...]

    2. From the first page, "Inky, pitchy, all-consuming dark, blacker than a thousand stormy winter midnights, blacker than anything anywhere has been since."The unforgettable language that paints the picture of this story as you read is mesmerizing. The beginning of this story is truly the beginning, a story of creation and explanation. The sense of time is extremely focused and yet expansive as you continue to be lead by the details. The raven's character is described as having always and will alway [...]

    3. Excellent collection of Trickster tales. From the Preface, by Claude Levi-Strauss:" the Raven [is] a deity of the type called in English a trickster, which the old French word decepteur matches to perfection. The fact that the Amerindians placed a deceitful, insolent, libidinous and often grotesque character with a penchant for scatology in the forefront of their pantheon sometimes surprises people. But indigenous thought places the Raven at the turning point between two eras. In the beginning, [...]

    4. This is my favorite version of traditional raven tales to date. I got swept away into a world of ancient people and creatures with fantastical super powers. Reid gives tiny glimmers of a contemporary vibe to the stories that are older than the tallest trees.

    5. Interesting stories, skilfully retold and accompanied with beautiful drawings. The existence of this book is both a happy and a sad thing: putting an oral tradition into writing both to share it with the world and to protect it in case things continue to get worse for the storytellers. There are some elegiac moments in the book which are quite powerful.

    6. The stories are wonderful. The art is a delight. It's too bad that this famous and respected collection is brought to us by a settler, however well-connected with the people whose tales he tells.

    7. For those who wish to become familiar with the myths of the Haida people, Native American Indians who live along in coastal British Columbia and southern Alaska, this short book provides a wonderful introduction. Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst retell the stories in a most readable manner, with a dash of humor, focusing on Raven, the trickster in this tradition.And they have more fun telling these tales as that sly bird must have had performing his various antics. Describing how the winged hero, [...]

    8. A delightful collection of Raven tales of the Haida First Nations people in Canada, off the cost of British Columbia. I purchased my copy at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, B.C He is the illustrator and re-teller of most of these stories, along with his friend, Robert Bringhurst. This volume is an excellent companion to many pieces in the gallery, and helps to deepen one's appreciation for Haida Gwaii, the islands we know as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Bill Reid is part Haida, and inherited [...]

    9. The Raven Steals the LightFiction: Folklore Ravens, art Reid, Bill and Bringhurst, Robert. The Raven Steals the Light. Illus by Bill Reid. University of Washington Press, 1984, 128, secondary.In The Raven Steal the Light, Haida artist Reid puts together drawings that go along with Haida myths and are mostly about Raven. This book covers many topics through the use of Haida myths and the life of ravens with the help of Reid’s illustrations that are bold and dramatic to the myths. Young readers [...]

    10. This is a compilation of Haida (Native American) myths primarily about Raven. As a wildlife rehabber I've had the privilege to work with these birds, and I've always had an interest in folklore and mythology concerning animals.It's clear that the Haida knew what ravens were really like; and the stories are beautiful and well told in this edition. I really don't have the words to describe how the stories make me feel; as a lover of corvids in general, this reverent treatment of ravens that at onc [...]

    11. I bought this book after touring the BC Museum of Anthropology, and found reading these stories to be a perfect compliment to the art to be found there. The stories are colorful, surreal, and told with an often playful tone. The Raven stories that form the bulk of the stories are particularly good for the way they capture the essence of the immortal (and often amoral) trickster. A couple of the stories in this unrelated to Raven did fall a little flat for me, but all of them had interesting aspe [...]

    12. A great one to read aloud and laugh at loud at the Raven's adventures. My friend also told me of a great installation at the UW's Allen Library, The Raven Brings the Light to This House of Knowledge, which I saw it today as sunlight was streaming in through the tall windows. The installation includes dozens of ravens strung up on the ceiling and a stump with a letterpress book with more stories and beautiful woodcuts.

    13. This book makes a fine short introduction to they mythology, folklore, and art of the Haida people of the Pacific Northwest. The great woodcarver Bill Reid presents a series of very fine illustrations of some of the principle Haida crests, or iconic images that form the basic currency of the Haida social economy. Robert Bringhurst does an admirable job of bringing some of the basic stories across with spacious, accessible prose.

    14. Folklore from the Pacific Northwest. I purchased this book at the anthropology museum in Vancouver, BC and was pleasantly surprised at how eloquently the tales had been rendered. It helped me better understand the traditional world view of the native peoples of this area.

    15. I like folk tales, they're revealing about a culture and are often the most beautiful things that we have. This was a watered-down version of those tales, but now I know more about the tales and see only a surface point of view. Well written!

    16. This was a really fun book to read. It is the myths of the American Indians from the Northwest coast of the United States and into Canada.

    17. This brief introduction to Haida myths and the character of the Raven is engaging, humorous, and accompanied by illustrations both fitting and beautiful. Preface by Claude Levi-Strauss.

    18. A delightful collection of Raven trickster stories, showcasing the full range of Raven's mischief. Some bawdy stories, so best for adults or upper young adults.

    19. as the back cover mentions: a good selection of bestiality, adultery, violence, thievery and assault, for those who like that sort of thing"

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