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Young Raven In Warm Wind

Young Raven In Warm Wind

Indigenous North American beliefs show profound reverence for ravens and often ascribe the Devine to them. Many Native American cultures hold raven intelligence to be greater than our own and marvel at the birds' problem-solving abilities, cooperative natures, endurance, and caring for each other.


A remarkable common thread laces Native mythologies together throughout the continent: ravens have great wisdom. They will share this wisdom with us. They are sacred.

Western science now includes ravens with dolphins and chimpanzees as the most intelligent non-human species. I still find this astonishing, having had several pet parrots whose smarts were uncanny.

Ravens adapt. Ravens think. Ravens play. Ravens endure. Ravens improvise. Ravens thrive.

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