Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Raven and the Sun
The carvings on this bench depict a story from the Salish people of the northwestern United States and British Columbia, Canada. The story explains how Raven delivered the sun, moon, stars, and fire to humanity. These treasures are necessary for human survival, but came at the cost of Raven’s suffering. A powerful shaman, hostile toward people, had kept them hidden beneath the sea. Raven, disguised as a white owl, was able to win the shaman’s trust and grab the treasures. Raven then released them one by one for the benefit of humanity. When Raven carried the Sun his feathers were burned black and his claws shriveled, because he had to carry it so high and so long before he let it go in the sky.
This bench and carvings are from a western red cedar tree used for the 9/11 Pentagon totem pole.
Symbols and colors on this bench:
Sun: Healing energy, guardian of the earth by day
Raven: Creation and knowledge—bringer of the light
Red: Blood, valor
White: Skies and spacious heavens
Location. 38° Touch for map. Marker is in front of the National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike. Marker is in this post office area: Bethesda MD 20892, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Totem For Healing (here, next to this marker); Bear and the Steelhead (here, next to this marker); Tree of Hippocrates (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Tree of Hippocrates (was about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); President Franklin D. Roosevelt (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Louis Stokes Laboratories (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Centennial Anchor (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Trolley to Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethesda.
Categories. • Native Americans • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.