The Eagle and the Crow
A story of peace, friendship and respect, as told by Vern Severight (Cote First Nation) on July 6, 2020
As I was driving to my home community to attend a ceremony, I approached a beautiful valley. I was driving East, and looked out the window to the South.
There, I saw an Eagle soaring through the air to the North. It was an amazing, majestic creature. As I watched it continue to hover in the blue sky, I began to notice another, smaller bird flying on the Eagle’s right wing.
It was a Crow.
I thought to myself, ‘Oh boy. This Crow will be taught a lesson here pretty quickly, not to be bothering that Eagle.’
I continued to glance back towards the highway, but I knew I was witnessing something I had never seen before in my life – a Crow and an Eagle flying together.
Still, I waited for the Eagle to fight the Crow. They were not a natural pair.
But they flew on, right in my direction – and eventually over my truck. I was able to look up, and at that moment, saw the Eagle and the Crow were friends.
How they made this friendship, I do not know. But the immediate message I got from that viewing was, no matter who we fly with, our friendships will carry us through.
We will survive together. We will thrive together. We can have a good life together, if we only act in this way that was shown to us by the Creator.
The Eagle and the Crow is a symbol of peace and friendship – to help us all carry on in a respectful way.
Cote First Nation