|The best of Bush|
The Mouse and the Raven|
- A Yellowknifer story
In the early '70s Yellowknifer's co-publisher and main copy writer, the late Jack Adderley, caught wind from the women at the old city hall that a mouse was loose in the building.
In keeping with the colorful stories of Yellowknifer at the time, Adderley made mention of it in one of his articles.
Norm Muffitt, a.k.a. Bush, took up his drawing pen and ran with the idea. He used the mouse to fill the white spaces in his cartoons. If the mouse wasn't playing a part in the cartoon, there was always a mouse hole, a piece of cheese or a tail to indicate his presence. But he needed a foil.
The garbage-loving raven, guilty purveyor of frequent power outages, symbol of the North, was the most likely candidate providing a wealth of comic material.
Together, the mouse and the raven have commented on over 25 years of potholes, power outages, and dangerous winter sidewalks, as well as events that shaped Yellowknife and the North.