The Raven & the First Men


Vancouver, Canada

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The Raven and the First Men – carved in laminated yellow cedar, owned by and installed at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology.

This is the miniature

The yellow-cedar sculpture represents the Haida myth of the Raven’s discovery of the first humans. The inspiration for the piece came from an argillite chest by Edenshaw and was first translated into a miniature boxwood. The patron of the sculpture was Walter Koerner, a benefactor of UBC. Koerner also enlisted architect Arthur Erickson to design a space to accommodate the massive work.

Since Reid was struggling with Parkinson’s he assembled a team of artists that including George Norris, Gary Edenshaw (Guujaaw), Jim Hard, Red Davidson and Kim Kerrigan (Duffek, 96) and supervised them through the process. The large sculpture is shown prominently in the museum. The Raven sits upon the clam shell with its large eyes looking keenly. One can see the use of simple forms in the eyes and on the wings. In Hoover’s opinion, it was the connection to Koerner and Erickson that allowed Reid to complete such a large piece and have it become the focus of the museum.

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