Raven PaddleRoss Henderson (Kwakwaka'wakw)
"Raven is one of the most important beings in Northwest Coast art and [oral-histories], although the nature of his role varies from one culture to the next, and his predominance diminishes from North to South...The Kwakwaka'wakw attribute the discovery of fire to Raven, along with the operations of the tides and the alternation of day and night... Model paddles, as well as representations of paddles, frequently appear in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art...People use paddles as flags and signals in some ceremonial contexts" (Shearar 2000: 81, 88). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols
Medium: Hand-carved yellow cedar & acrylic
Dimensions: 24" x 6" x 1"
Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)