An ominous Raven tooled in black leather on a black wool-blend hat.
The soaring raven is always present, above the sandstone crags, on the mountain ridges, in the trees and in the sky wherever we are. Sometimes they seem to be watching over me, at other times they seem to be taunting me. They are steeped in lore, as both omens of darkness and death, as well as intelligence, and fierceness in battle. In every aspect the raven is a proud intelligent bird that makes up an important part of the landscape of the American West.
"The Irish goddess of war Morrighan was believed to show up on the battlefield in the form of a raven. Odin, the chief of the Norse gods, was accompanied by a pair of ravens. Hugin (thought) and Munin (memory) would fly far and wide to bring news to Odin. One of Odin’s names, Hrafnagud, means the ‘Raven God’. In the Old Testament, the raven is the first bird Noah sent to look for land, and Elijah is described as being provided for by ravens. Ravens have a symbiotic relationship with wolves. The birds follow wolves around and benefit from their kills. It is thought that wolves may also respond to raven calls, indicating where there is prey. There are even anecdotes from modern deer-stalkers who report that ravens will help them to locate deer. The birds know that they will receive the ‘gralloch’ or guts after the deer is killed. The indigenous people of America’s Pacific Northwest have a strong relationship with the this bird. Raven features in a number of creation stories and can be both trickster and hero. He also appears frequently in the distinctive artwork of these people." from https://treesforlife.org.uk/into-the-forest/trees-plants-animals/birds/raven/
This is the third design in my American West Series. Designs launch every month and are only available in a limited amount.