Native American Trickster God
Also known as Chulyen, Guguyni, Hemaskas, Kwekwaxa'we, Kwekwaxawe, Nankil'slas, Yhel
Infamous Creative Trickster God of North America
There is more to Raven than meets the eye. And how many of you have met the eye of a raven?
Ravens have always been associated with Godliness. Few people know that the first bird out of Noah’s ark was a raven. It just didn’t return. It didn’t feel the need. Odin relies on his two ravens to fly round the world every day and keep him informed. Edgar Allan Poe’s raven shrieked ‘Nevermore’ but what that has to do with anything only Poe knows.
He is known by many tribes under many names. For example, the Tsimshian know him as Txamsem. His brother Logobola is also a bit of a tricky customer, but, despite what you may have heard, absolutely no frogs are involved.
In the beginning, Raven was first and foremost a Creator and Trickster God — especially of the Haida tribe, who claim he discovered the first humans hiding in a clam shell and brought them berries and salmon.
A bit of a tricky God himself, he’s also the long-suffering victim of arch-rival in trickery, Coyote.
Stories about Raven abound. Check out Txamsem for a tale handed down by the Tsimshian tribe. But there’s plenty more. Remind us to tell you the one about Raven and Coyote. It’s a corker.
Raven Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Chulyen, Guguyni, Hemaskas, Kwekwaxa'we, Kwekwaxawe, Nankil'slas, Yhel
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Mayhem
Area of expertise: Trickster, Mischief, Mayhem
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 33247
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Article last revised on May 24, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.