Untitled (raven transformation mask) by A.Davey from flickr

It’s fascinating to see how they portray the animals like Raven in this story. We see animals used as characters in a lot of mythology, especially in North America. The animals are typically given human traits, but for the most part, the stories treat them as if they are just animals. I was surprised when I read that Raven could take off his mask and take on a human form. It really changes how I view the animals in these stories. As we see Raven interacting with the others in these tales, he could be in human form or bird form. I’d imagine he’d change based on who he’s with.

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