What's In A Name?
Many ask, “Suzan, how did you come up with your company name? Why a raven? It looks Native American from the Pacific Northwest – why?”

Well, a few reasons…The Raven is my personal animal spirit totem. The logo is inspired from a compilation of raven illustrations from several Haida, Tlingit and Inuit artists from the Pacific Northwest. I’m not from the Pacific Northwest (Philadelphia born and raised actually) but I have always greatly admired the style and skill of the many amazing artists from the native tribes of this particular geographic region.

To the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, Raven is a powerful and special entity. Considered the “creative/creator spirit”, it is told that Raven coaxed the first men out onto the earth from a giant clam shell. If you are interested in learning more about this legend visit http://www.eldrbarry.net/rabb/rvn/first.htm

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Raven Lore & Totem Attributes

According to popular Inuit and Haida lore, Raven is seen as giving life – being a creative force. He is primarily a helping, nurturing spirit. There is also a certain amount of self-sacrifice in his actions. He does what he does to ensure the happiness of others.

Raven is associated with joy and laughter. He is known to play tricks, but they are usually beneficial ones, teaching people to laugh at their own follies.

Raven is seen as a shape-changer. He has the power to alter form, and to bring great changes in people’s lives. He can also see through false forms, lies, and the tricks of others.

Raven has a great sense of curiosity. He is a gatherer of information, and sharer of secrets. The search for the Truth is predominant.

from http://www.shades-of-night.com/aviary

Fun Raven Facts

Ravens form bonding pairs that mate for life. They are excellent parents, both equally responsible for the rearing of their offspring.

Ravens perform aerobatic maneuvers, often with their mate, friends or in groups. It is believed that they often fly just for fun.

Highly intelligent and adaptive, they have been known to use tools and strategic maneuvers for gathering and accessing food – something typically found only in higher primate forms and of course, humans.

They are great vocal mimics with the broadest vocal range of any mammal other than humans.