|northern spotted owl, p.145|
|Wounaan Indian cloth appliqué molita, p.104|
He seems keen to defend owls both from ardent fans (who imagine them to be wise when in fact they are such good hunters that they haven't evolved to be particularly clever) and fearful detractors (who superstitiously associate them with darkness and evil). What is amazing is that both these extreme reactions to owls appear to have existed since the earliest civilisations.
|Owl, Skull & Candle, anonymous Dutch or German painting from 17th Century, p.43|
He is not interested in owls as 'cute' and does not deign to say much about the proliferation of cute owl designs in conetmporary culture (he looks briefly at owls as sports club emblems etc.)
He does include a very sweet child's drawing of an owl, to show how children, as in some early/tribal images of owls, will often draw the wings around the front so that they are visible (which is also true of a lot of cute owl designs).
|'Wise owl, Sad owl, Angry owl' by Matilda, age 10, 2008 (p.8)|