Significance of the Raven in First Nations Mythology: The Raven was the first symbol and crest of the Northwest Coastal Indians. As the Creator’s assistant, he created all things that exist - with mysterious trickery. This mystical bird is a symbol of prestige - a cultural hero. The Raven is often given to tell someone you respect them, that they are your hero. The symbol of the Raven is a great retirement gift for someone you respect. An excellent gift as well for a CEO, your boss or someone you consider to be your hero. (Source: Bill Helin)
Artist: Jim Charlie was born in 1967 in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Jim Charlie is part of the Coast Salish Nation. He was educated in the histories and culture of the Salish peoples throughout his youth and studied under Salish carvers Floyd Joseph and Jacob Lewis as well as the renowned Gitksan artist Phil Janze. Charlie's work represents a variety of Northwest Coast legends, and is notable for its broad and accessible style.