This Northwest Coast Pole by Kwagu’ł artist Calvin Hunt stands about 7 feet high and features U’meł (Raven) holding the Moon in his beak at the top of the pole, and the Sun figure at the base of the pole. The Totem or Crest Pole is carved in red cedar and painted in red, green, light blue, and black acrylic.
"U’meł, (Raven), the Trickster and transformer, is the bringer of light and symbol of creation; he is also a teacher, catalyst, and chief crest. He brought the Kwakwaka'wakw people the moon and sun, fire, salmon, and the tides. He can transform himself and other beings. Raven is a main crest of the Tlingit; Calvin’s great, great grandmother was a Tlingit noblewoman who married into the Kwagu’ł with the Raven as part of her dowry.
Raven Releases the Sun
"One day Raven decided to give the world daylight and the moon at night. He knew the Chief who owned sun and moon, and he also knew he had a daughter who he treasured. Turning himself into a pine needle, he floated into the daughter’s drinking basket, and when she drank the water, she swallowed the pine needle and soon became pregnant.
She gave birth to Raven. His grandfather loved him enormously and let him have whatever he wished. One day Raven relentlessly cried for the box that contained the sun, and Grandfather soon gave up and let him play with the box. He played with it for a while, and when Grandfather wasn’t looking, broke open the box and watched as Sun rose up and out through the smoke hole, into the sky where it has been ever since." -Calvin Hunt
Calvin is Hereditary Chief Tłasutiwalis, Kwakwaka'wakw from Fort Rupert as well as Hereditary Chief Nasnamus, Mowachaht of Friendly Cove.
This Pole is over 84 inches or 213 centimeters high, up to 35 1/2 inches or over 90 centimeters wide including the wings, and up to 27 inches or 56 centimeters deep. Without the wings, the pole is about 2 feet or 24 inches or 60 centimeters wide.
The Raven's wings and the moon in the Raven's beak are detachable.
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