Belonging to Raven

Avatar Author: dkscully "Stand back! I have a keyboard and I'm not afraid to use it." This site is totally awesome. I really enjoyed ficlets.com (where I went by my alternative handle of kjaneway), and I thought that it was a great shame that... Read Bio

Arriving in this city I’d never visited before was a homecoming. This place, most of a world away from my birthplace, and related to me in no obvious way, was where I belonged. My sore heart rejoiced to be back and my soul was soothed by the familiarity.

There were people living there, nestled between the ocean and the mountains, long before the city of glass and wonders existed. At that time, the tallest man made structures were not skyscrapers, but intricately carved tree trunks. The people who produced these artefacts were, like every other human, storytellers.

They explained the world around them in their myths and legends, and reflected both nature and these tales in their art.

The Raven and the First Men was carved by descendants of these people. It is a visual reminder of the creation myth of the Haida, a First Nations tribe.

One rainy day, I photographed the carving on slow film without a tripod. It was a painfully long exposure.

Raven, trickster though he is, allowed the image. Thus, I am his.

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  1. Avatar DoItForScience

    Is THAT what your icon is? I couldn’t tell myself.

  2. Avatar dkscully

    It’s a crop from this image: http://photos.geah.org/2002/vancouver/ravenandthefirstmen.jpg

  3. Avatar Match

    Nice to see a ‘real’ biographical description mixed with history and story. I love the final sentence – gives a definite completeness to the tale. Beautiful uncropped picture too!

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    I was all settled in for the native story and you gave a discovery channel briefing! So sad.. But the ending was nice, I had to reread to get the whole placement of you, behind the camera, like a tour guide for us..

  5. Avatar Textual Phoenix

    I think you did a good job of conveying a sense of wonder at the carvings. Native artwork has always, to me, been one of the most beautiful. And I love your last line.

  6. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    Wow this is an incredible job, really nice story.

  7. Avatar ethelthefrog

    Beautiful story, well written and, as you always do, conveying the mood expertly. This explains much.

    Top marks on the photo too: I never realised that it was a long, hand-held shot.

    Last line clinches. Go you.

  8. Avatar StayGold

    I like it, and as everyone said, I like the last line the most.

  9. Avatar Jessica Cahill

    Have to add my applause for the last line. It’s beautiful.

  10. Avatar dkscully

    Thanks, all. Your comments are much appreciated.

    The trip that I described was quite a major turning point in my life, and the Raven has quite a lot of significance in that.

    I’m also a little amused that the line I didn’t think worked at all, is the one you all like. :-)

  11. Avatar stargazer1960

    I like the connection between artefacts and humans being the stories that they tell.
    I find myself wanting to know the narrators story/ reference/ point of view. Perhaps a prequel would help me get inside of the narrator’s mind more.