The Raven Steals the Light - By Bill Reid & Robert Bringhurst
The Raven Steals the Light
Drawings by Bill Reid
Stories by Bill Reid & Robert Bringhurst
With a Preface by Claude Levi-Strauss
Published by University of Washington Press
An elegant reissue of a timeless collection of Haida myths, with a new preface by Claude Lévi-Strauss
Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill Reid are accompanied by ten episodes from Haida mythology told be Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst. The result brings Haida art and mythology alive as never before in an English-speaking world.
"These are simply the best versions of Indian tales I have read: they are colloquial yet poetic, precise yet spilling outside their boundaries, accumulating and then blending into one another." - Canadian Literature
"The drawings are impressive; the stories are engaging. But the real value of the book lies in the ability of Reid and Bringhurst to recreate the voice of the storyteller and in their ability to capture the sensual qualities of Haida oral literature." - Folklore
Bill Reid (1920-1998) was one of the finest artists working in a Native American tradition. He was also the author of Out of the Silence and, with Bill Holm, Indian Art of the Northwest Coast: A Dialogue on Craftsmanship and Aesthetics.
Robert Bringhurst (1946-) is a poet, cultural historian and scholar of Native American literature. HIs most recent book of poetry is The Calling: Selected Poems 1970-1995. He is also, with photographer Ulli Steltzer, co-author of The Black Canoe: Bill Reid and the Spirit of Haida Gwaii.
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