Raven House Posts
(Domestic Terminal, Level 3)
Name: RAVEN HOUSE POSTS
Artist: ROY HENRY VICKERS, Tsimshian/Heiltsuk, c. 1990
RED CEDAR, PAINT
3.3 m x 0.9 m x 1.5 m (10.9' x 3' x 5')
Raven is a cultural hero in the ancient legends of the Northwest Coast people. He is a revered and benevolent transformer figure who helps the people and shapes their world. He put the sun in the sky, the fish in the sea, salmon into the rivers and food on the land. But he is also known as a trickster. There are many stories about Raven; he is sometimes a hero, sometimes a troublemaker, but there is always a lesson to be learned from his antics.
These Ravens were created as part of a series of work representing YVR’s theme of Land, Sea and Sky. The Ravens represent the sky. Roy Henry Vickers was the first artist commissioned to create works for YVR. He is a prolific artist of Tsimshian Heiltsuk ancestry who currently lives and works by the majestic Skeena River in Hazelton, B.C.