Raven Brings The Light
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 raven's 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, Weget's story has been passed down for generations. The tale has been traced back at least 3,000 years by archeologists who have found images of Weget's 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.