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Raven Tales: Stories of the Raven based on the folklore of the Tlingit,…

by Dennis Waller

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The Raven is considered “the benevolent creator, filling the world with beauty and harmony”—and by contrast, viewed as a “malevolent, conniving scheming trickster with self-gratification as his only goal.” Either way, the awe inspired by him grant us rich and vibrant folkloric legends of the indigenous people. They have survived the test of time by being passed down many generations through oral tradition. In so doing, they convey subtle aspects of the culture of the indigenous people, offer a symbolic significance to that which is mysterious in life, and enrich our literature.

I am in awe of the care taken by Dennis Waller in compiling this body of work and presenting it to us. He is widely recognized as an expert on spiritual existence, self-discover, and exploring the human consciousness, all of which you can truly appreciate reading Raven Tales.

I enjoy the quote he offers at the opening of the book, “The Tlingit and the Haida don’t have myths; they are stories about our history.” It is indeed a fine line between myths, which is an expression of imagination, and history, which is a record of reality. Taken together, they give meaning to our life.

The notion that storytellers are like builders who build standing on the shoulders of those who came before them is fascinating to me. The material presented in Raven Tales relies not only on oral tradition but also the work of dedicated researches, whose work a hundred years ago preserved it and carried it forth, into the hands of Dennis Waller who is now offering it to you.

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