Print View  |  Add to Cart

Artist / Maker : Campbell, Lyle
Title : Raven Steals the Light
Date (Execution) : 2000
Geographical Origin : Haida Gwaii; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Haida
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : First Nations formline of raven in red, blue, and black tones with star shape in beak.
Accession # : U014.3.69
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 38.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : " Raven steals the light is one of the most popular of our Haida Myths. Raven, the Trickster, the mischievous character who, through his own manufactured misdoings and blunders, we, the people have benefited. In this myth, some call it the creation myth, Raven steals the light form the old grandfather who had kept it hidden inside a series of boxes. Raven is depicted in this print at his most glorified moment, catching the light in his beak, just about to flap his wings to fly through the smoke hole of the grandfather's longhouse. Light will shine throughout the world for the first time. Flying wide eyed and amazed, Raven fails to see Eagle who has locked onto Raven as his first prey. Eagle strikes and causes Raven to drop the light, bouncing it off the earth. The light breaks into two larger pieces, becoming the moon, and the smaller fragments becoming the stars. Raven flys and flys. In his exhaustion, Raven releases the last piece of light, which becomes the sun." -- Lyle R. Campbell This design is dedicated to Lyle's nephew.