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Mark Orr, Ann Arbor, Michigan, architectural sculpture, furniture art, ravens and crows, shutter tables, wooden art boxes


Raven and Crow


Since man’s earliest history the Raven and Crow have held a high and honored position in our mythology and spirituality.

The Norse God Odin had two ravens, “Thought” and “Memory”, which he would send to fly around the world each day so they could report back to him events as they unfolded.

Native American tradition holds the Raven~Crow as the courier of energy flow that brings about change and creates new realities. The raven, being black, is associated for them with the “void” from which all energy flows.

Northwest coastal tribes believed Raven was the creator of the Heavens, the Earth and the Sea. It was he who brought forth the light and lifted us out of the darkness. He was very wise but he was also known to be a “trickster”.

Raven and Crow art imagery.

Aesop's "The Crow and the Pitcher" illustrates Crow's intelligence and how "necessity is the mother of invention".

For Southwestern Native Americans the Raven~Crow was their “Storyteller”. Passing down knowledge and wisdom from generation to generation through myths, stories and parables. Listeners beware! Raven was also a trickster, one could never be sure if the story he told was a simple truth or held some more mischievous lesson....

Ravens are considered by many to be the most intelligent of the birds, and they are known for collecting bright, shiny or colorful objects to decorate their nests.

For me they represent the “scavenger” or “gatherer” of my found objects from the past.

The key Raven~Crow holds symbolizes the opening of doors and the welcoming of positive change into our lives.

When Raven~Crow is perched on a ball he serves as a representation of living in balance.

If he is perched on a heart, it is to help us remember that which is most important in our lives.

Raven~Crow sometimes holds a pair of dice to symbolize chance or fate.

The egg relates to new beginnings, to potential and to family and ancestry.

If he holds an old watch it is to remind us of our place in the universe and to live in the moment.

Raven~Crow uses a compass to help us find our way or to give us direction.


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