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In Northwest Coast culture, ravens are the subjects of many stories that are associated with creation. In one story, Raven stole the sun from its hiding place and situated it in the heavens, establishing the universe we know today. Legend has it that a raven rattle once came to life while being used and flew away. The rattle would always be held upside down so that the bird could not fly away.

Rattle Makah Basket Transformation Mask Native Amercan History and Culture


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