This platter, which was made pre-1894, depicts the story of how Raven gave females their tsaw – or sex organ. The half-human/half-raven spear-carrying figure in the canoe is assisted by the Fungus Man behind him. Fungus Man’s help was required because when Raven tried to paddle himself to obtain the tsaw, he “became sweet” (or had an orgasm) when he neared the area in question, and fell out of the canoe. Fungus Man was also affected by the power of the tsaw, but he was wedged into the canoe, so did not fall overboard. The platter is from the Argillite Collection of the Field Museum, Chicago.
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