The sculpture of The Raven and the First Men depicts the story of human creation. According to Haida legend, the Raven found himself alone on a beach one day. He saw an extraordinary clamshell and protruding from it were a number of small human beings. The Raven coaxed them to leave the shell to join him in his wonderful world. Some of the humans were hesitant at first, but they were overcome by curiosity and eventually emerged from the partly open giant clamshell to become the first Haida people.