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Book - Raven Brings the Light

Book - Raven Brings the Light

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Product Code: 9781550175936

Artist: Roy Henry Vickers

Nation: Tsimshian/Haida/Heiltsuk


20 colour illustrations

12 x 8.25 - 40 pp

April 2013

Raven Brings the Light

by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers

The classic legend of the origin of daylight.

First Nation Communities READ also-recommended title (2014)

Short-listed: Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award (2014)

Short-listed: Chocolate Lily Book Award (2014)

Book Description

In a time when darkness covered the land, a boy named Weget is born who is destined to bring the light. With the gift of a raven's skin that allows him to fly as well as transform, Weget turns into a bird and journeys from Haida Gwaii into the sky. There he finds the Chief of the Heavens who keeps the light in a box. By transforming himself into a pine needle, clever Weget tricks the Chief and escapes with the daylight back down to Earth.

Vividly portrayed through the art of Roy Henry Vickers, Weget's story has been passed down for generations. The tale has been traced back at least 3,000 years by archeologists who have found images of Weget's journey in petroglyphs on the Nass and Skeena rivers. This version of the story originates from one told to the author by Chester Bolton, Chief of the Ravens, from the village of Kitkatla around 1975.