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Raven Steals the Light

ISBN-10: 0295975245
ISBN-13: 9780295975245
Edition: 2nd 1996 (Reprint)
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Description: This new edition of a collaboration between one of the finest living artists in North America and one of Canada's finest poets includes a new introduction by the distinguished anthropologist Claude L#xE9;vi-Strauss. Ten masterful, complex drawings  More...

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List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

This new edition of a collaboration between one of the finest living artists in North America and one of Canada's finest poets includes a new introduction by the distinguished anthropologist Claude L#xE9;vi-Strauss. Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill Reid and ten tales demonstrate the richness and range of Haida mythology, from bawdy yet profound tales of the trickster Raven to poignant, imagistic narratives of love and its complications in a world where animals speak, dreams come real, and demigods, monsters, and men live side by side.

Robert Bringhurst was born October 16, 1946, in the ghetto of South Central Los Angeles and raised in the mountain and desert country of Alberta, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and British Columbia. He spent ten years as an undergraduate, studying physics, architecture and linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, philosophy and oriental languages at the University of Utah, and comparative literature at Indiana University, which gave him a Bachelor of Arts in 1973. He had published two books of poems before entering the writing program at the University of British Columbia, which awarded him an MFA in 1975. From 1977 to 1980 he taught writing and English literature at UBC, and after that, made his living as a typographer. He has also been poet-in-residence and writer-in-residence at several universities in North America and Europe. His book, The Elements of Typographic Style is considered a standard text in its field, and Black Canoe is one of the classics in the field of Native American art history. He received the Macmillan Prize for Poetry in 1975.

Claude Levi-Strauss, a French anthropologist, was the founder of structural anthropology. This theoretical position assumes that there are structural propensities in the human mind that lead unconsciously toward categorization of physical and social objects, hence such book titles as The Raw and the Cooked (1964) and such expositions of his work by others as The Unconscious in Culture and Elementary Structures Reconsidered. According to Levi-Strauss, the models of society that scholars create are often dual in nature:status-contract (Maine): Gemeinschaft-Gesellschaft (Tonnies); mechanical-organic solidarity (Durkheim); folk-urban (Redfield); universalism-particularism (Parsons); and local-cosmopolitan (Merton). Levi-Strauss's writings---some of which have been described by Clifford Geertz as "theoretical treatises set out as travelogues"---have been enormously influential throughout the scholarly world. George Steiner has described him, along with Freud (see also Vol. 5) and Marx (see also Vol. 4), as one of the major architects of the thought of our times. Levi-Strauss died October 30, 2009.

Prefacep. 9
Prologuep. 13
Haida Gwaiip. 15
The Raven Steals the Lightp. 17
The Raven Steals the Salmon from the Beaver Housep. 25
The Raven and the First Menp. 31
The Raven and the Big Fishermanp. 39
The Raven with a Broken Beakp. 51
The Bear Mother and Her Husbandp. 61
Nanasimgit and His Wifep. 75
The Wasgo and Three Killer Whalesp. 83
The Eagle and the Frogp. 91
Epilogue: The Dogfish Womanp. 105
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