Raven had brought forth mankind from a giant clamshell on Nekun. Feamales were also created but they were missing something. Raven readied his canoe, but he needed a travelling companion. So he asked Snowbird, who was willing to go. They paddled for many days, coming to a reef. The reef had supernatural beings like sirens around it, and snowbird steered away. They returned to where they had started, then Raven asked Bluejay to go with him he agreed. The travelled and went for many days. Finally they came to the reef, Bluejay became frightened of the supernatural beings. They again returned to where they had started. He could not find any living creature to come with him, so he looked into the forest. He saw a fungus growing off the side of an old dead tree and he drew a face on the underside of it. Raven then used his power to bring the fungus to life. Raven said, ” Rise up like a human being and become my steersman”. So Fungus man pulled himself out of the tree with his arms and legs. The two travelled by canoe for many days, finally arriving at the reef. The supernatural beings surrounded the reef, but Raven was determined he would not fail. He put his powerful spear into the water parting the supernatural beings. Although Fungus man was frightened the canoe stayed on course. Raven leapt off the canoe and began plucking the chitons from the rocks, He took many of the chitons that were black and red. He loaded these on the canoe and they left to return whence they came. Upon returning, he went to where he had placed his wife and sister. He took a large red chiton and placed it on the crotch of his wife. This supernatural chiton created her female genitalia. He took a black chiton and placed it onto his sister.
This is the story of how Raven and Fungus man went on a quest to bring back the female genitalia.
Christian M. White- Kihlguulaans
by Ken McNeil
by Shawn Hunt
Christian was born in Queen Charlotte City and raised in Old Masset, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia). He is from the Dadens Yahgu’7laanaas Raven Clan and his Haida name is Kilthguulans (Voice of Gold). He started carving argillite at the age of fourteen under the direction of his father, Morris White. He studied the work of the great masters and especially of his great-great-grandfather Charles Edenshaw. A self-supporting artist since the age of seventeen, Christian shows an advanced knowledge of Haida forms and an emerging personal style based on narrative story telling and strong use of inlays of various materials, even in his earlier pieces.
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