There is a Haida story with variations of how Raven stole the Sun. I am not an expert in mythology but know that the Trickster is part of many aboriginal north american stories and that the Trickster is both a creator and a teacher who at times also reveals the chaos and foolhardiness in life - these stories are all delightful. In this early 21st C I see the genuine and good common sense of these stories - the folk lore to teach important value to be passed on to the generations following... much the same as the folk tales of olde Europe and Asia (and everywhere else). There are many sadnesses... and stories of terror and grief and isolation that are experienced wholely and felt today in the human maelstrom...but these epic stories of ingenuity and intellect and survival amidst the suffering and darkness are energizing and forward beyond any time. These stories should forever be passed on. How else can people survive?
This work came of my fondness for crows/ravens - the witch and the apple which were the echo and mirror image of the Queen but the more honest representation - and my frustration with organized religious and political beliefs across the world which do not embrace peoples but which rather propel hate and suffering and dislocation - and the story of Raven (cousin to the Crow) and the Sun - and the (origin Aesop) story of the Goose that layed the Golden Egg.
The nest was the last element brought to this piece and naturally the culmination. How you make your nest is important. What is brought to your nest is your culture and your integrity and your hope. We are responsible for what we teach.
Avianus and Caxton tell different stories of a goose that lays a golden egg, where other versions have a hen, as in Townsend: "A cottager and his wife had a Hen that laid a golden egg every day. They supposed that the Hen must contain a great lump of gold in its inside, and in order to get the gold they killed it. Having done so, they found to their surprise that the Hen differed in no respect from their other hens. The foolish pair, thus hoping to become rich all at once, deprived themselves of the gain of which they were assured day by day."
The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, illustrated by Milo Winter in a 1919 edition
In early tellings, there is sometimes a commentary warning against greed rather than a pithy moral. This is so in Jean de La Fontaine's fable of La Poule aux oeufs d'or (Fables V.13), which begins with the sentiment that 'Greed loses all by striving all to gain' and comments at the end that the story can be applied to those who become poor by trying to outreach themselves. It is only later that the morals most often quoted today began to appear. These are 'Greed oft o’er reaches itself' (Joseph Jacobs, 1894) and 'Much wants more and loses all' (Samuel Croxall, 1722). It is notable also that these are stories told of a goose rather than a hen.
The English idiom, sometimes shortened to "Killing the golden goose", derives from this fable. It is generally used of a short-sighted action that destroys the profitability of an asset. Caxton's version of the story has the goose's owner demand that it lay two eggs a day; when it replied that it could not, the owner killed it. The same lesson is taught by Ignacy Krasicki's fable of "The Farmer":
A farmer, bent on doubling the profits from his land,
Proceeded to set his soil a two-harvest demand.
Too intent thus on profit, harm himself he must needs:
Instead of corn, he now reaps corn-cockle and weeds.
There is another variant on the story, recorded by Syntipas (Perry Index 58) and appearing in Roger L'Estrange's 1692 telling as "A Woman and a Fat Hen" (Fable 87): A good Woman had a Hen that laid her every day an Egg. Now she fansy’d to her self, that upon a larger Allowance of Corn, this Hen might be brought in time to lay twice a day. She try’d the Experiment; but the Hen grew fat upon’t, and gave quite over laying. His comment on this is that 'we should set Bounds to our Desires, and content our selves when we are well, for fear of losing what we had.' Another of Aesop's fables with the moral of wanting more and losing everything is The Dog and the Bone.