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The Story of Why the Raven is Black as shared by bear Medicinewalker


The other day I re-blogged the myth of Sedna. Here is another indigenous myth about explaining why the raven is black. I found students loved to hear these stories told as part of the oral tradition by an elder. It added a quality to the story that is not always there in reading.

Originally posted on bear Medicinewalker:

raven color
This was shared to me by an Elder who asked me if I knew how the Raven became black. since my response was no this is what Black elk Shared with me…and now in turn I share with you..

Long ago, during the very beginning of the world, Gray Eagle was the guardian of the sun, the moon, the stars, fresh water and fire. Gray Eagle hated people so much that he kept these things hidden. The peoples lived in darkness, without fire and without fresh water.

Gray Eagle also had a beautiful daughter, and when Raven saw her he instantly fell in love with her. At that time Raven was a handsome young man so he came up with a plan to change himself into a snow-white bird. As the snow-white bird he pleased Gray Eagle’s daughter and soon she fell madly in love with him. So much so…

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