Tales of the coastal Salish

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Longhouse of the Coastal Salish

How Raven Stole the Sun

 In the beginning the world was in darkness but Seagull had found daylight and jealously hoarded it away in a cedar box for himself alone. Raven ( the trickster) thought of a way to steal it so the rest of the people would not have to live in such dim dreariness.

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Raven and Whale ( Salish spirit masks)

Raven put sea urchins down at Seagull’s door and when Seagull went outside he stepped onto the sharp spines. Raven then presented himself to Seagull  with an offer to help. Seagull was grateful for the assistance and gave Raven a knife to pry out the sharp needles. Seagull then complained that Raven was hurting him so Raven explained that it was because it was too dark to do the job properly. The miserable Seagull reluctantly opened his precious box a tiny crack. A ray of light escaped but Raven said it was not enough and he needed more or he would not be able to get all the spines out of Seagull’s foot. Finally Seagull threw open the chest and the crafty Raven seized the light and made off with it to share with his friends. And that is how daylight came into the world.

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  1. DG MARYOGA says:

    I arrived rather late,but I so much enjoyed reading the brilliant story that brought light to the world! The fabulous photos nicely accompany the plot and the happy end filled my heart with joy.By the way,I also love Hesiod’s Cosmogony where there are some similar myths and Apollo is presented as the God of Light and the Sun.I’m sure you know about Erebus,Nyx and Hemera … I so much like to read the different myths of every country where their cultural background is interwoven with the myths 🙂

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    1. thank you so much Doda!! I love mythology too and those old Greek gods (who were rather an immoral lot 😀 ) So interesting when myths have similar aspects!! It shows our universal consciousness!!

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  2. Aquileana says:

    Mystical and mesmerizing gallery!
    I love the first shot… the photo with the totem!
    All the best to you, dear Cybele!, Aquileana 😀

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    1. so glad you enjoyed the post Aquileana!

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  3. Many thanks to Raven! I seem to operate in the dark a lot! LOL!

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  4. Oh the images are gorgeous – amazing carvings. And I love the story – I have a soft spot for both ravens and seagulls 🙂

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    1. Me too Andrea!! So glad you liked the legend. Thank you!!

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  5. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing the story! Fascinating shot!

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    1. you are welcome Amy!!

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  6. Great story, Cybele 😀 And interesting photo! Great job.

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    1. They do have such an interesting mythology and beautiful and mysterious carvings!! Thanks for reading!!

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  7. It just goes to prove that craftiness sometimes pays great dividends! Beautifully told and illustrated, Cybele.

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    1. thanks so much Sarah!! They are lovely myths. I have not got back to the Tuatha because I thought the stories were sad and I was so sad over this last while. I will return to it as there are only a few chapters left to tell. In the meantime I’m telling one about porcelain babes in the One Four Challenge. You process a photo four different ways over four weeks. (Its challenging) and for some reason it triggered a more light hearted story- Memories of a Button Hook Child”. I think you might like it. I will add to it every week of the challenge. Part 2 starts this Sunday.

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      1. Will make sure to check it out that story this week, Cybele 🙂

        You’re amazing with photography. All those processing techniques. I still know very little. Am only middling with my technological skills but usually master things with stubborn determination. Presently, trying to get my head around Scribus and Gimp on my PC , which I’m sure you would find very simple, but it’s doing my head in!

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      2. thank you Sarah! I started out with Gimp and it took a while to get the hang of it for sure. I am not a fast learner myself, but a very determined one too!!! 🙂

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  8. What a wonderful tale! Such evocative images too 🙂

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    1. Thank you Sarah!! glad you enjoyed.

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  9. suej says:

    Great story, and love that Raven and Whale image…..

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  10. sixpixx says:

    Damned seagulls! 🙂

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    1. oh yeah!! Not only do they poop all over the place but turn out to be cosmic robbers as well!!

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  11. What a great story! The images are lovely. The Raven and Whale image is mysterious.

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    1. thanks so much Deborah!! They are wonderful stories.

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  12. svtakeiteasy says:

    Oh Cybele – beautiful. This reminds me of Jean De La Fontaine’s Fables, a French classics writer who used animals to tell stories with a moral. Your story is also reminiscent of the aboriginal Dreamtime Stories that tell of the world creation. Have you come across any of them? Worth a read! Thanks for making me smile.

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    1. thank you Chris. Yes I love the idea of the Dreamtime. I must read up more on that.

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  13. Leanne Cole says:

    What a great story, I really like that, and I like the photos you put with it Cybele.

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    1. Didn’t you always wonder how we got daylight!!? 😀
      Glad you enjoyed it Leanne!

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  14. lauramacky says:

    I’ve always wondered. 😉 Beautiful.

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    1. I’m so glad I could en”light”en you!! 😀 Thanks Laura!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        haha thank you!

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