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Sterling Silver 'Raven' Large Spirit Bead Necklace

Regular price $90.00

Artist: Haida

The Raven is mischievous and curious. He is the cultural focus of the Native Northwest Coast People. He symbolizes creation, knowledge and prestige, as well as the complexity of nature and the subtlety of truth. He also symbolizes the unknown and is there to show that every person sees the world in a different way. The Raven was often called upon to clarify truths in visions, as the wise elders knew that what the eye sees is not always the truth. Many of the original peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast refer to him as a god. It is believed by some, that messages from the creator or the cosmos are buried in the wings of the Raven, only to be released to the families most deserving of his knowledge. The Raven is a long distance healer and is known as the “keeper of secrets”. He helps us in our lives by exposing the truth of kept secrets that could potentially harm us. In doing so, he helps us back to good health. The Raven was only ever feared if misused. Besides being a member of many different clans, every descendant from the Northwest Coast First Nations belongs to either a Raven or Eagle Clan. The membership was always defined by which clans the mother belonged to.

 In many Northwest Coast Communities stories are told about the Raven and his many achievements. One of the most common stories is how the Raven stole the light in the form of the sun, the moon and stars. Many say that he transformed himself into a baby to find out where the light was hidden, and then stole it from an old Chief who had kept them in his house locked away in a large bentwood box. After the Raven escaped with the box through the smoke hole of the house, he placed the sun, the moon and the stars in the sky for all beings to enjoy. Originally the Raven had white feathers, and after flying through the smoke hole with the light, his feathers turned black and stayed black until today.

 

Large Spirit Bead Measures: 1.2cm Long X 1.0cm Wide 

Comes with 18" Sterling Silver Box Chain.

Includes: Totem Bio, Artist Bio & Spirit Bead Bio