Haida stories tell of how the first people emerged from a gigantic clamshell on the beach of Rose Spit. They got out with the help of Raven, the most powerful creature from myth time. Raven was wandering on the beach, when he heard some noise coming from a clamshell. He looked more closely and saw that it was full of little human creatures. They clearly looked terrified by Raven and the great big world outside the shell.

"So the Raven leaned his great head close to the shell, and with the smooth trickster's tongue, that had got him out of so many misadventures, in his troubled and troublesome existence, he coaxed and cajoled and coerced the little creatures to come out and play in his wonderful, shiny, new world."

- Bill Reid, qadasgu qligawaay clan.
Haida stories tell of how the first people emerged from a gigantic clamshell on the beach of Rose Spit. They got out with the help of Raven, the most powerful creature from myth time. Raven was wandering on the beach, when he heard some noise coming from a clamshell. He looked more closely and saw that it was full of little human creatures. They clearly looked terrified by Raven and the great big world outside the shell.

"So the Raven leaned his great head close to the shell, and with the smooth trickster's tongue, that had got him out of so many misadventures, in his troubled and troublesome existence, he coaxed and cajoled and coerced the little creatures to come out and play in his wonderful, shiny, new world."

- Bill Reid, qadasgu qligawaay clan.

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Sculpture

The Raven and the First Men; sculpture in yellow cedar by Bill Reid (Detail of Raven's head).

Photo: Museum of Anthropology (University of British Columbia)

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© Museum of Anthropology (University of British Columbia)


Sculpture

The Raven and the First Men; sculpture in yellow cedar by Bill Reid.

Bill Reid
Museum of Anthropology (University of British Columbia)

© Museum of Anthropology (University of British Columbia)


Stamp

Bill Reid Stamp

U.B.C. Museum of Anthroplogy

© U.B.C. Museum of Anthroplogy


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Relate the Haida origins story
  • Relate the elements of the Haida origin story to the elements of Bill Reid’s sculpture, The Raven and the First Men
  • Develop aesthetic appreciation for a three dimensional work of art

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