Trish and I love ravens. Maybe Trish a bit more. There’s a reason they’re honored in myth and legend in places where they are indigenous. Without getting too deep into origin or migration stories, the Pacific Northwest is a place where they are indigenous. Okay, let’s say locals. They are locals, and most of the rest of us are visitors, tourists, refugees from somewhere else.
How I got myself into this whole thing is this: I wanted to have a cool title, with, maybe, some graphic lettering, to go with my drawing of a raven. Ravenswood, ravenscraft, the words I might choose to use were taken up by video games and artisan beer companies and such commercial places.
Then, while watching the pre-season football game last night, coloring-in a larger (can’t be scanned on my printer) version of the drawing, mostly because this previously-colored version was criticized by Trish for being ‘too yellow.’ “And you put color on my raven (wait, her raven?); ravens are black;” I saw a little spot from the Muckleshoot tribe featuring a young woman, a champion middle distance runner, who was bringing attention to Native Women who have been murdered or disappeared by competing (and winning) with the image of a red hand across her mouth.
I didn’t catch the young woman’s name. Sorry. Here’s a related image:
Okay, I spent another five minutes, found this image of Rosalie Fish taken by photographer Alex Flett:
Hey, maybe I’m reaching for a connection here. Maybe there’s just too much going on about who belongs where, who’s a local, who’s a migrant/tourist/visitor. Part of my family’s history (or legend of actual history) includes a connection to Eastern Band Cherokees (pre Trail of Tears), with other connections to Wales, England, Scandinavia – legends of settlers and invaders. Reaching. Fine. Maybe we’re not all migratory, transitory; here, there, and… gone.
Maybe I’m looking for something spiritual among the mundane.
I really just wanted to show my raven illustration.
I did tone down some of the yellowness. When I get the later version, “Trisha’s Raven,” reduced, I’ll put out a side-by-side.
MEANWHILE, BONUS! Here’s a recent shot of Stephen Davis kiteboarding: