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RAVEN MEDICINE

In Cherokee: (kalanu nvwati)

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MEANING: Answers, Intelligence, Performer

Bird People should remember that all birds are messengers from Great Spirit.

The Common Raven is part of the Crow Family. Due to the fact that Raven Medicine has excellent problem-solving skills leads to the belief that they have great intelligence. This is probably why many indigenous cultures saw Raven Medicine as a spiritual figure or god.

They are the acrobats or show offs of Bird Medicine as they are continually performing aerial displays, tumbling and mock fighting, just like airplanes at an air show. Somehow they know when they are being watched. Raven Medicine is often confused with a Hawk or a Crow, but Raven Medicine has a heavier bill and wedged-shaped tail.

Raven people are being asked to look at their ego to see if they are being braggodicious or if they think they are above the intellgience of others. Raven people should ask themselves if they are being a "show off".

I can tell you that Raven Medicine is not Good animal medicine for the Cherokee. This is not a bird that we revere. In fact, Raven Medicine often carries death or evil energy. This is not a bird we would run outside and be in awe of, to say the least. The Cherokee have many stories of Ravens and Owls. The Owl is another bird the Cherokee do not revere.

Raven Medicine is known to have at least 30 different vocalizations and often times I feel the same way. (winky wink)

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