As many of you know I did not start my Alphabe-Thursday participation until the letter "G"...a late bloomer I guess:-) Thusly I missed the letter "C" and an appropriate opportunity to post about one of my favorite groups of birds, The Crows...and Ravens to a lesser extent only because we do not have them in the southeastern US. The title of my post are four of the Native American names for crows and ravens...Cherokee, Cree, Lakota and Zuni respectively. So I sort of snuck in the back door with our Alpahabe-"K":-)
Crows and Ravens are remarkable birds, both from a natural history and cultural perspective. Their level of intelligence ranks among the highest of all birds perhaps only rivaled by the Mynah and a few Parrots. There is no telling how far back the crow/raven/human relationship extends, although cave paintings depicting crows or ravens have been found in France dating back some 30,000 years. There is such an enormous amount of material on these birds...much more than I could even begin to cover here. As many of you would know much of their history as relates to humans is particularly dark and negative. There are obvious natural history reasons for much of this. It is interesting to note that a good bit of the negative started in Europe, and that for the most part this group of wonderful birds are seen as powerful, yet positive "influences" in Native American culture.
The pictures below are some I have taken of crows here around our house. The artwork/sculpture...a clay, hand fashioned crow family (technically called a "murder"), a hand carved crow decoy, and a prized, 160 year old 1st edition Audubon.
There are many good books on crows and ravens that would amaze and amuse anyone. Enjoy:-)
Kathy's Knee Replacement...Her surgery went well and her hospital PT has gone well, although she will never again take an Ambien:-) She is scheduled to come home tomorrow afternoon, and we will venture out for our first PT on Good Friday. Thanks to you guys for your prayers, thoughts and good vibes...Happy Good Friday and Easter to you all. Thank you Jenny...Peace and blessings...Namaste...Shalom Aleichem