Wood Engraving
Dale DeArmond
Edition of 25
Edition of A/P: 2

Paper type: Archival quality
Image size: 5″ x 6″

AKA: The Baby Turns into a Spruce Bough

Hand pulled by the artist from the original endgrain maple blocks on an Ettan etching press at Sitka, Alaska, July, 1992.

Note: its COA states 5 copies were pulled for a book edition, but there’s no evidence it was created. The image is illustrated in the book Tales From the Dena: Indian Stories from the Tanana, Koyukuk & Yukon Rivers.

An Athabascan folk tale. The chief from another village stole the Sun and the Moon from Raven. Raven went to the chief’s village and tricked the chief’s daughter into swallowing a spruce needle which made her pregnant. After the child was born it cried so pitifully for the Sun and the Moon that the grandfather let the baby play with them. One day when no one was about Raven snatched the Sun and the Moon, kicked the baby, which turned into a spruce bough, and made off with the Sun and the Moon and set them in the sky.