This Chief's Raven Rattle was hand-carved by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Greg Henderson of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation in Campbell River, BC. The rattle has been carved from alder wood and painted in black, red, and light blue acrylic paint. The stand was carved from red cedar and painted in black and light blue acrylic paint.
Mischievous and curious, the Raven plays many important roles in Pacific Northwest Coast Culture. For some, he symbolizes creation, transformation, knowledge, prestige as well as the complexity of nature and the subtlety of truth. He also symbolizes the unknown and shows that every person sees the world in a different way.
Find more information about and examples of The Raven Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
The rattle was inspired by a rattle seen in the book "Smoky-Top: The Art and Times of Willie Seaweed" by Bill Holm and depicts a Raven design with a Wolf and Kingfisher on top and a Hawk Sun Underneath. The stand is inspired by the form of a Humpback's dorsal fin.
Listen below as Greg shares more details about the story behind this rattle.
The rattle without the stand measures approximately 13 1/2 inches or 34 1/2 centimeters long, 4 3/4 inches or 12 1/4 centimeters wide, and 5 inches or 13 centimeters high. The rattle including the stand measures approximately 16 3/4 inches or 42 3/4 centimeters long, 5 1/4 inches or 13 1/2 centimeters wide, and 14 1/2 inches or 37 inches high.
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