Raven Steals the Sun, 2003 - National Museum of the American Indian

In 2003, Preston was commissioned by Emil Her-Many-Horses, curator of the new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, to create a version of his popular Raven Steals the Sun for the new museum.

NMAI's Raven is different from most of the ravens Preston makes, as it is much larger, mounted on the wall, and features fiberoptic lighting!


From the Smithsonian Institution: 

Raven Steals the Sun is installed at the entrance of the Our Universes gallery on the 4th level. Created by Tlingit artist Preston Singletary, the sculpture represents the tribe’s story about the origins of the celestial bodies, in which the trickster animal captures the sun, moon and stars from a greedy chief and releases them into the world. This account emphasizes the importance of oral history among Native American tribes like the Tlingit.


Title: Raven Steals the Sun
Date created: 2003
Artists/Makers: Preston Singletary, Tlingit, b. 1963
Place: Seattle; King County; Washington; USA
Format/Object name: Sculpture
Media/Materials: Glass
Techniques: Handblown, sandblasted, etched
Collection History/Provenance: NMAI commission from the artist, 2003.
Dimensions: 79.5 x 25.4 cm
Catalog number: 26/3273
This item is currently on view at NMAI, DC.