Raven Watches the Carver

As Chilton prepared the cedar for carving, he noticed a raven with an injured wing watching. Later, as he carved the canoe in Juneau, he again noticed a raven with an injured wing looking on. He believes it was the same bird. Chilton, a member of the Raven clan, considered the bird a blessing. He decided the canoe would feature a raven figurehead. To honor the bird’s vigilance, Chilton incorporated an injured wing into the raven figurehead. More about raven spirit can be found in our Raven Spirit featured story.

This raven routinely observed master carver Douglas Chilton as he shaped the canoe.

Sealaska Heritage Institute