Raven Brings The Light is the first book in the bestselling Northwest Coast series. It was the #1 Bestseller in BC in 2013. It was runner up for the 2014 Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Choice Award, runner up for the 2014 Chocolate Lily Book Award, and runner up for the 2014 First Nations Communities READ award.
In a time when darkness covered the land, a boy named Weget is born who is destined to bring the light. With the gift of a ravens skin that allows him to fly as well as transform, Weget turns into a bird and journeys from Haida Gwaii into the sky. There he finds the Chief of the Heavens who keeps the light in a box. By transforming himself into a pine needle, clever Weget tricks the Chief and escapes with the daylight back down to Earth.
Vividly portrayed through the art of Roy Henry Vickers, Wegets story has been passed down for generations. The tale has been traced back at least 3,000 years by archaeologists who have found images of Wegets journey in petroglyphs on the Nass and Skeena rivers. This version of the story originates from one told to the author by Chester Bolton, Chief of the Ravens, from the village of Kitkatla around 1975.
“One of the great problems we face today is our sense of isolation and separateness from the rest of the world. Roy Henry Vickers’ art constantly reminds us of the interconnectedness of everything in the world. With this magnificent book, he shows us our interdependence physically and spiritually. It is a message we have to hear.”
– David Suzuki, environmental activist, broadcaster, author
Raven Brings The Light in the Vancouver Sun:
Raven Brings The Light in the Times Colonist:
Listen to Roy Vickers and Rob Budd discussing Raven Brings The Light on CBC Radio:
- Full Audio CD as told by Roy Henry Vickers in Eagle Aerie Gallery, Tofino on March 20, 2012. (use all the audio clips on itunes or mp3 player)
- All Artwork
- Cover Artwork
- Map Artwork
- Ravenskin On Weget
- Raven In Tree
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All works copyright Roy Henry Vickers