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Two Crows

Pheasant, peacock, turkey, chicken 
58"  x 46"  x 13"


The arrival at a name can be an interesting chain of impulses, thoughts and experiences. This chain started with an Internet article on the research of Thomas Bugnyar on the intelligence of ravens. The raven Hugin was the best at finding food in colored film canisters and Munin would come along and steal it from him. Hugin developed a new deceptive strategy of faking a food discovery and, while Munin was occupied with the false site, would double back and eat from the real site, demonstrating an undocumented intelligence.

The names resurfaced in my reading of Bernard Cornwell's historical novel of the ninth century Danish invasion of England, The Last Kingdom. There he explains that Hugin and Munin are the ravens that sit on the shoulders of Odin and fly out in reconnaissance each day. Interest up, I 'googled' Norse mythology and found that Hugin represents thought and Munin memory. I think this is Bugnyar's subtle humor -- memory as a mugger of thought.

I felt I was nearing a name with the idea that the mind at its fullest rests in the center of the feedback -- from thought and the future on one hand, and from memory, experience and the past on the other.

The final link in finding a satisfactory name came with the discovery in Terry Johnston's account of the 1868 Battle of Beecher Island in Colorado Territory. He mentions the wise old plains Cheyenne leader, Two Crows. Crows are smaller cousins to the raven, but the name has a better fit for one paradoxical object.

   

   Photo:  Richard K. Webb

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