Leaping Into the AfterlifeYellow Cedar, Crow Skull in Cast Resin, Willow Sticks and Bones20 x 21 inches
To native Hawaiians, the 'alala (Hawaiian raven) is a sacred bird, a guardian spirit, and guide to the afterlife. When a Hawaiian dies, the soul travels to a leaping place (a high ocean promontory) and awaits its guide. When the 'alala arrives, it joins the waiting soul, and together they leap into the afterlife. (Seeking the Sacred Raven by Mark Jerome Walters - Island Press)