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Raven's Flight

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  • Edition Size:
  • 124 signed and numbered, 12 artist's proofs, 6 remarques, 1 printer's proof
  • Paper Size:
  • 37 x 44.5 cm, 14.5 x 17.5 inches
  • Image Size:
  • 32 x 39.5 cm, 12.5 x 15.5 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 1995

For Raven's Flight, Michael Blackstock took inspiration from the story of how Raven brought light to the world. The story is common to the Gitksan, Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit culture.

There was a Raven called Wyget. He lived at a time when there was only darkness. "The whole world was still covered with darkness. When the sky was clear, the people would have a little light from the stars; and when clouds were in the sky, it was very dark over the land. The people were distressed by this. Then Raven thought it would be hard for him to obtain food if it were dark. He remembered that there was light in heaven, whence he had come. Then he made up his mind to bring down the light to our world." (Boas 1909, 60)

This story is the inspiration for Raven's Flight.

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Raven's Flight" by Michael Blackstock was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. All trial copies of this edition have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.