Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Raven and the Sun - The Feat of Māui


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Tama-nui-te-rā, the sun travelled across the sky too quickly, making the days extremely short. Māui caught Tama-nui-te-rā with a snare then beat him to make him travel more slowly across the sky, this allowed people time to finish their daily chores.
—Lewis Gardiner

Raven in Tlingit culture is responsible for bringing order to the world as we know it today. Raven stole the treasures of the sun, moon, and stars from an old man who lived at the head of the Nass river. In the end, Raven had to trick the old man out of his treasures by transforming himself into a hemlock needle and floating into the cup of the old man’s daughter as she scooped water from the stream. She swallowed it and Raven was inside of her. She later gave birth to him in the form of a humanoid child. Raven now had access to the old man’s treasures that he released one by one into the heavens.
—Preston Singletary

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

Collaboration for the Fire & Water: Pacific Visions in Glass and Jade exhibition, 2007.

Collaborations between great artists are historically rare, despite frequent attempts and enthusiastic interest to bring technical skills and artistic chemistry together. In the end, it often seems that personal careers, distance, and other issues make these projects too difficult to realize. What makes this particular collaboration even more remarkable is that the two artists are geographically in different hemispheres — almost at polar opposites of the world.