The raven is a hero in the Northwest Native cultures.

He is a trickster. He can change shapes.

He put the sun and moon in the sky, created the rivers and lakes,

brought plants and animals to the land,

and released humans into the world by opening a giant clam shell.

He gave the people fire, and brought light to the earth

by stealing it from the Spirit of the Sky World.

He can do both helpful and harmful deeds.

He taught humans important skills,

but also causes them trouble by performing mischief.

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Raven Stories

Myths and Legends

Northwest Stories

Stories from Alaska and the Northwest