No closest i come is Norse in ancestry, but i liked the goddess akka mythology, i thought it an appropriate image to conjure up for a crow, both with Yambe-Akka godess of the underworld, and with Akka wife of Ukko being female side of nature. we had named our fist rehabbed crow ukko as well(we thought she was a he turned out to be wrong)
Ah, I only thought that you'd picked up the words straight from the Finnish Language. (Especially when I found out that some of the pics were taken in BC. We had relatives there, in Sointula village - where their parents had emigrated in the early 1900s.)
yes i know some people who are descendants of finish immigrants to this part of the coast as well. It's beautiful here, well some areas not so much since being developed. I wish we had hooded crows too, i'm crow greedy
a lot of work IMHO it has to be about the crow and it's nature, not what i want the bird to do, which can be difficult as they are surprising shit disturbers. although i know how highly trainable they are, i won't train them like i would a dog, they aren't pets and i want them to be the wild birds they are. if something is harmful to them then i took it away (but i've gotten very good at knowing what crows get into and making sure those things are gone). i put up with things i would never from my animals. there have been scratches and scars (i wear a few on my face) but it is oh so rewarding. Mostly so because of the success we've had with reintroduction akka ukko and potato became healthy, well adjusted, proper crows.
and no worries about human imprinting, crows don't work like that, they know they're crows not people. i had read all sorts of crap when we got our found our first nestling, i worried about it all through her rehab, but she taught me the truth. if there are other crows around they would much rather be one of them, not us i can understand why i would like to be one of them too...