Raven Steals the Sun
Mr. Laktonen’s version of the “tricky black bird that helped his village (or people in general) by venturing out to a faraway village to steal and bring the sun. The amber in the beak represents the sun and brings back memories of when the Kodiak residents used amber for decorations and when Raven danced for joy.
The male figure plays a drum, and the female figure is dancing. The grey color of the figures is to signify the change from black to light. This is the moment of transformation. The shape of the mask is the negative image of the shape of the sun. It is to give the impression of the darkness before the light.”
Carved from old growth red cedar with abalone inlay.