The Week Ahead & Photo Essay: Raven & the Box of Daylight

The National Museum of the American Indian is exhibiting “Raven and the Box of Daylight.”  The museum describes it as “an immersive, multisensory experience” which tells a creation story – the story of the transformation of darkness to light. 

The Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska share a creation myth about how the culture’s iconic Raven brought light into the world.  The myth has many variations among the Tlingit villages but all have common elements.  The Tlingit American artist Preston Singletary has woven these myths into a narrative and illustrated the story in glass sculpture. 

The Raven of the Tinglet myths is a trickster, teacher, and transformer. 

According to the myth, the world was once enveloped in darkness and the Raven decides to do something about it.  Following the Nass River, he encounters the Fishermen of the Night who tell him about the local Nobleman who has light captured in three boxes.  Raven finds a devious way to enter the Nobleman’s house. 

Raven birth. After an immaculate conception of the Nobleman’s daughter, Raven is reborn as a “precocious and precious” human boy.

The Boxes of Light: The Moon, The Sun, The Stars. Given the boxes of light to play with, the now-human Raven releases the contents one by one to take their places in the heavens.

Freed from the darkness the people become the Animal People, the Winged People, and the Water People according to the regalia they wore when the world was dark.  “Those who remained strong (and stubborn) became Human People,” the myth says. 

The exhibit runs through January 29, 2023. 10:00am – 5:30pm.

Happy Holidays from Capitol Hill Corner.

The Week Ahead…. Is pretty quiet. 

ANC6A Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:

Among items on the draft agenda:    

  • Discussion of application by Cru Hemp Lounge at 816 H Street, NE  Renewal of Class C Tavern License. 

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