Haida stories tell of how the first people emerged from a gigantic clam shell on the beach at Rose Spit. They got out with the help of Raven, who is the most powerful creature from myth time.

Raven was wandering on the beach, when he heard some noise coming from a clam shell. He looked more closely and saw that it was full of little human creatures.

They were terrified by the Raven and the 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 into and 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, Haida artist
Haida stories tell of how the first people emerged from a gigantic clam shell on the beach at Rose Spit. They got out with the help of Raven, who is the most powerful creature from myth time.

Raven was wandering on the beach, when he heard some noise coming from a clam shell. He looked more closely and saw that it was full of little human creatures.

They were terrified by the Raven and the 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 into and 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, Haida artist

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Sculpture

The Raven and the First Men; sculpture in yellow cedar

Sculpure: Bill Reid

Photo: U.B.C Museum of Anthropology

no 1.481
© U.B.C Museum of Anthropology


The Raven

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

Sculpure: Bill Reid

Photo: U.B.C Museum of Anthropology

no 1.481
© U.B.C Museum of Anthropology


the first men

Caption The Raven and the First Men; sculpture in yellow cedar (Detail of humans).

Sculpure: Bill Reid

Photo: U.B.C Museum of Anthropology

© U.B.C Museum of Anthropology


sculpture

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

Sculpure: Bill Reid

Photo: U.B.C Museum of Anthropology

Nb1.481
© U.B.C Museum of Anthropology


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Summarize the Haida story of the first men in words and in pictures
  • Identify elements of Haida art and its importance to Haida culture
  • Name a modern Haida artist and reference one of his works

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