Crooked Beak Raven Carving
Harry Williams ' Crooked Beak' Raven Ceremonial Plaque
Beautiful, original and signed 17' inches long by 11' inch height by 2' deep yellow cedar wood with red cedar bark rope carved plaque with his depiction of ''Crooked Beak'' Raven in the style of the Huu-Ay-Aht which is part of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth nation .
This beautiful yellow cedar wood mask is adorned with red cedar bark is used for the purpose of ceremonial presentation, signed by Harry Williams.
The crooked Beak of Heaven is a mythical creature, part of the Hamatsa (Cannibal Dance Ceremony) - it's one of the giant man eating birds
The Raven is the transformer, trickster and creator. Known in legends as the one who released the sun, moon, and stars; discovered man in a clam shell; brought the salmon and the water; and taught man how to fish and hunt.
Harry Williams lives on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. He was a member of the Ditidaht Tribe but is now part of the Huu-ay-aht Tribe, both part of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations.
He has been carving since 2003. His carvings consist of various items such as masks, totem poles and plaques. He prefers to use paint and varnish on his pieces.
He was taught by Dave Nahant, Derald Scoular and Mark Mickey, who are all prominent carvers.