one of the paintings of the FCA show “Spring Colours”
Tribute to Bill Reid Artist Peggy VanderWart Stel
The Sculpture of the Raven and the First Man depicts the story of human creation. According to the Haida legend, the Raven found himself alone one day on the Rose Spit Beach in Haida Gwaii.
He saw an extraordinary clamshell and protruding from it were a number of small human beings.
The Raven coaxed them to leave the shell to join him in his wonderful world. Some of the humans were hesitant at first, but they were overcome by curiosity and eventually emerged from the partly open giant clamshell to become the first Haida.
Courtesy of Peggy VanderWart Stel
Curator’s note: Peggy has integrated images from the Bill Reid sculpture, taken from various perspectives, to create the painting before you.