Video

Lady Raven

Christiana Latham

2008, 01:30 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 953.04

Using animation, music, and narrative, a depiction of an Aleut's Native legend is created. The legend of how the woman and the raven became one.

Instead of spreading a legend through the traditional story telling methods of our Elders, I elected to employ a modern tool of communication to spread my story of choice. My film relies heavily on narration and artistic imagery to relay its meaning. I used a pre-recorded audio clip of my Mother orating the Lady Raven legend. My hands painting, being enveloped in paint and making bird-like gestures, melded with an appended hand drawn then digitalized animation of the legend.

The Lady Raven legend is an Aleut's Legend. The Aleutian people are from the Alaskan Peninsula. The raven is a common animal within most Native legends as a whole. I am a member of the Gwich’in Nation. It is said that within Gwich’in legend the raven was believed to have created mankind.

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