From Kari Vick:
Original Solar-Plate Etching.
Paper size 9 x 7 inches.
Raven and the Impatient Loon
Long ago Raven created many living things to inhabit the earth, visualizing one being that would roam land, sky, and sea. At that time, Raven’s feathers were the purest, most brilliant white. One day, he plucked one and used it to fashion a Loon. Spreading his luminous new wings, Loon was anxious to try them out. “Not yet, I’m not quite finished,” said Raven. The impatient Loon began to fidget.
On the riverbank Raven made a fire. He tightly packed curls of birch bark into two stacked pots and put them in the flames, covering them with stones. Slowly, the birch smoked and flared, flared and charred. Meanwhile, Loon fidgeted.
Over the hours, the blaze turned to coals and the birch turned to tar. Raven dipped the tip of a long stick into the pitch and used it to delicately paint Loon’s back. Creating patterns like sunshine dancing across dappled water, Raven worked meticulously. Loon fidgeted.
Finally, Raven exclaimed, “Stop your squirming, or I cannot finish!” His patience spent, Loon leapt flappingly to his feet sending stick and pots flying, covering the exasperated white Raven with tar, making him as black as the pitch of night. Stumbling through the muddle of tar, Loon’s feet became leaden. To this day he remains graceful on water and wing, but ever cumbersome on land.