Raven and Crow

The Mythology, Art and Science of Our Favorite Black Birds

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About the Book

Ravens and crows, both members of the Corvidae family, have long captured human imagination. Ornithologists have noted their problem-solving capabilities, but the interest extends beyond science. Artists often depict them, and backyard bird enthusiasts delight in their antics. Found around the world, the raven and the crow have inspired thousands of myths, legends, and fairytales. These stories regard corvids as powerful beings, with the crow often depicted as a witch or a goddess in disguise, and the raven portrayed as a creator-trickster being. The fascination with these birds spans centuries, and they are represented in mythology from every corner of the planet.
This book explores the multi-dimensional aspects of ravens and crows; they are the subject of scientific research as well as ancient texts and artwork. From traditional and contemporary renderings of the birds in art, to the wealth of mythology about them, the enigmatic nature of the birds remains a point of fascination for many. Recent scientific findings have revealed a use of language, problem solving skills, and the ability to count, positioning these birds at the intersection of science, mythology, and art.

About the Author(s)

 Ellen W. Williams is a museum educator and was responsible for the interpretive program at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York.

Bibliographic Details

 Ellen W. Williams is a museum educator with comprehensive experience in the presentation of ideas for the public and was responsible for the interpretive program at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York.