The Raven is a powerful bird that ranges across the world.
At approximately 24 inches from beak to tail, the raven
is considerably larger than its cousin the crow. The raven
has black legs, black feet and black glossy feathers with
iridescent green highlights. The Raven is one of the smartest
of birds and uses its brainpower to solve problems more
complex than can be handled by lower mammals. Ravens mate
for life but join in flocks, in which they can make use
of their extensive vocabularies. They are proficient fliers
and can be observed playfully tumbling, rolling and conducting
aerial acrobatics, including mating dances.
Raven is featured in many stories and myths. Raven talked
his way onto Noah's Ark and after the forty days of rains
he disgraced himself by attending to his own needs rather
than searching for dry land.
legend Odin depended upon a pair of ravens, Hugin and Munin,
to fly around the world and return with news.
Allan Poe's poem The Raven the bird shrieked "Nevermore"
to millions of perplexed readers.
us, Raven's character is best expressed in the rich storytelling
tradition of Pacific Northwest Native Americans. It was
Raven who flew to the east to bring the light of the sun
to the west. It was Raven who discovered the first human
beings hiding inside a clamshell. It was Raven, a trickster
and shapechanger (able to assume any human or animal form),
who used his wiles to acquire fire, clothing, shelter, food
and other essentials. However, to the delight of many listening
to the stories Raven's mischief also could backfire providing
amusement - and lessons.
As we learned about the various attributes of Raven, the
beauty, intelligence and power of the bird intrigued us,
while the entertaining stories of raven lifted us. Claude
Levi-Strauss in the Preface to The Raven Steals the Light
captures the two sides of raven, "In a universe undergoing
constant change, the Raven is both the ultimate rebel and
the foremost maker of laws." And therein lies the spirit
of Raven Business Group: in a complex 24-7 world demanding
adaptability we respond by combining creativity and problem-solving,
on the other side we are dedicated to performance efficiencies
that reflect world-class practices. However, far more than
ingenuity enabling survival, Raven Business Group looks
to sustain organizations as an integral expression of our
love of life.
is a site on Raven in Pacific Northwest lore:
is the site of Evon Zerbetz, printmaker, writer and raven