Raven's Feast (1983)



Woodcut

Dale DeArmond

Edition of 50

Edition of A/P: 5


Paper type: handmade Japanese off-white

Image size: 12" x 15 ¾" 


Hand pulled by the artist from the original blocks and printed on an Ettan etching press at Juneau, Alaska, 1983. 


Note: conflicting records indicate this print may have only been printed in 25 copies, along with 5 P/P proofs. 


Raven lived with his grandmother in a poor hut at the edge of the village. One day Raven decided to marry the daughter of the chief and sent his grandmother to fetch her. The grandmother was reluctant but finally fetched the girl to the hut where the girl came only because everyone in the village was starving and she knew Raven had food. But after a night spent enfolded in Raven's scratchy, smelly wings she ran away home. The same thing happened with the next girl Raven chose but the third girl was as clever as she was beautiful. She pretended to be perfectly happy enfolded in Raven's scratchy, dirty wings and after three days Raven cleaned up his act, went out and caught a whale and gave a great feast for all the villagers. ​