Raven's Tale: The Haida Creation Story
This story is from the Haida oral tradition.
- Long ago, there were no divisions between humans, animals, and spirits.
- All things of the earth, sky, and water were connected. All beings could pass freely between them.
- Raven was a trickster, full of supernatural power.
- Raven stole the sun from his grandfather and made the moon and stars from it.
- lakes and rivers, and filled the land with trees.
- Raven divided night and day, then pulled the tides into a rhythm.
- Raven filled the streams with fresh water, and scattered the eggs of salmon and trout.
- Raven placed animals in the forest.
- The first humans were hiding in a giant clamshell.
- Raven released them onto the beaches and gave humans fire.
- Then Raven disappeared, and took with him the power that human beings had to communicate with the spirit world.