Ravens, Right Relationships and Ice Trucks
IN Canada’s remote freezing Northwest Territories, near the diamond mine of Ekati, a black raven follows ice road trucks. A youtube video has been made of the bird’s antics which include surfing the turbulence created by the big rigs.
Yesterday at the Sydney Writers Festival, I heard Eva Hornung, author of ‘Dogboy’, the story of a child who grows up with wolfs in Moscow, talking about animals and our relationship with them. She suggested that the divide between humans and animals is much closer than popular culture suggests and that we humans have a “vested interest” in suggesting otherwise.
I was also interested in a comment she made that we cannot have a completely “right relationship” with animals – it was in the context of domesticated dogs being necessarily submissive in character in order to coexist with humans. It is probably also impossible for humans to have a completely “right relationship” with nature?
Like dogs, black ravens are considered relatively intelligent and have an ability to solve complex problems, imitate, amuse and be amused.
Notes and Links
Common Ravens, Corvus corax, have among the largest brains of any bird species.
Dogboy, by Eva Hornung
“Dog boy is haunting, disturbing and throughout upsetting. A wake-up-to-reality story of modern life, set in Moscow with history to back it up. Eva Hornung has done her research and has presented an eloquently visual and smellable believable picture of what necessity of survival can lead to and the role of dogs in our lives and the role of humans in dogs’ lives.”