Ravens soaring, perched, spiraling,heard, dreamed, visioned...Ravens spiced throughout my artaccompanied by prose and verse...Ravens symbolic across Earth's culturesweaving across Earth's skies,flowing from brush and pen,dancing across these few pagestelling raven inspired talesof magic, mayhem, and wonderever and yet again.
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Asante Riverwind is a life-long creator of fine art, often fusing Celtic design with wild nature, dream-visions, and spirit. Born in early 1953, in the "Year of the Water Dragon," this fiery artist was taught and encouraged by his artist mother as soon as he could hold a pencil. Ten years of formal study at five universities were completed in 1980. His art has exhibited at scores of galleries, stores, cafes, and other venues, been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide, and included in several published books. Asante is a long-time activist on both social and ecological issues, beginning in 1968 at age 15. Recently, he created Gaia Ki as an ecological resource, helping to return balance and harmony with the "ki" flow of (life) energy of the living Earth. Over the years he has worked with organizations ranging from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Greenpeace, and many others; and helped co-found a number of organizations including Seattle Non-violent Action Group, Cedar River Action Group, Racine Movement, Direct Action Network's WTO actions in Seattle, and others. Efforts have included peaceful direct actions, tree sits, blockades, and theatre. In 1991, he co-founded the League Of Wilderness Defenders - Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project in eastern-central Oregon, co-directing this for 13 years; then moving to Arizona and co-founding another non-profit (now known as the Dragoon Conservation Alliance). From 2006 through 2010 he worked with the Oregon Sierra Club. Gaia Ki builds upon these efforts, offering educational resources helping protect wildlands from harm while addressing core societal issues. Asante is also a musician, writer, and poet. "Art and Evolution" is the name he uses for this amalgamation of activism and art. Learning directly from nature, our wisest teacher, Asante has lived for over 16 years in tipi's, yurts, earth lodges and a strawbale home -from an island in Puget Sound, to the forests of the Cascades and Blue Mountains, and Arizona's Sonoran desert. He has three grown sons, and now grandsons too, who help inspire efforts to encourage us all to enjoy life in balance with this beautiful living Earth.