Resources 3:1 has a selection of external sites with crane culture, art and music. Other materials located on the Ozcranes site are listed in the Site Map. Please contact us to suggest more crane-related sites or report broken links. Resources 3:2» presents a gallery of crane art in doors, furniture and even streetlights in Yunnan, China.
Images on Ozcranes
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What is it with cranes and pine trees?
Cranes have featured in art for thousands of years in many cultures, symbolising long life and fidelity. In Chinese, Japanese and Korean art cranes are often depicted with other symbols of long life, especially pine trees.
← Card sent to the Editor's father from Korea, to celebrate his 80th birthday (cranesnorth)
This can be taken too literally, researchers say goodwill towards cranes could be better harnessed for habitat conservation if more people understood that cranes need wetlands not pine trees! This is movingly discussed by N and C Moores on the Birds Korea website, ‘The Crane in a Pine Tree: The state of wetlands in Korea’ –
Not seeing, who remains to embrace their ancestors' vision of a Crane in a Pine Tree?
Will modern Koreans, who rarely see cranes and confuse them with commmon urban birds like egrets, remember in time?
Art and cranes in India
This painting in the Vijayanagar miniature style by Mr. Kambar, was commissioned especially for the Indian Cranes and Wetlands Working Group (ICWWG) by Sahastrarashmi.
← Watercolour on canvas depicting Sarus Cranes in the Sanskrit Hindu epic poem, the Ramayana
It portrays a key event from the first book of the Ramayana, when a hunter is cursed by the sage Valmiki for killing the male of a devoted Sarus Crane pair. Sarus Cranes are venerated in India, for more see Sundar, KS Gopi and BC Choudhury, ‘The Indian Sarus Crane Grus a. antigone: a literature review.’ J. Ecol. Soc 16 (2003): 16-41. This paper, with others, can be read or downloaded free at Archive.org.
Sarus Cranes in village wall mural (K.S. Gopi Sundar); Sarus Crane painting, c. 1800; Entrance to Keoladeo National Park, India: ‘In your next incarnation, you might be an endangered species’ (A & A Freeman)
In Keoladeo National Park, an appeal to cultural values seems not to have saved the Siberian Crane. But people in India are joining and promoting all-India Crane Counts and conservation efforts for other crane species, like this village with a Sarus Crane wall mural. Villagers protect five local Sarus Crane pairs and their chicks, from dogs and hunters.
Crane art in Australia
Brolga dance by Sheree Quinn Dance School, Atherton Tableland, north Queensland (Sheree Quinn); Card to raise funds for Townsville Town Common (Jo Wieneke); Brolga sculpture by Hans Pehl in Yungaburra, far north Queensland (cranesnorth)
Crane art links
- ICF Children's International Crane Art
- Origami folded paper crane instructions at Imagitek and at the ICF, who also sell art and gifts of many sorts on-line, to raise funds for crane research and conservation
- Children's crane art and drama at the Siberian Crane Flyway Crane Celebration
- John and Elizabeth Gould's Brolga painting and a site on Gould's work as an ornithologist and bird illustrator
- Cranes on Parade, a remarkable public art project in Kearney, Nebraska USA. Thumbnails and larger photos of 2m fibreglass cranes painted in many designs by local artists, in this town famous for mass migration of Sandhill Cranes.
Australia's Malanda Crane week (image by cranesnorth). Links to the annual Black-necked Crane Festival in Bhutan, and some of many Sandhill and/or Whooping Crane Festivals in the US, with art, crane-watching and activities
- Crane Week, Malanda, Queensland
- Black-necked Crane Festival, Bhutan
- Bosque del Apache, New Mexico
- Baker Sanctuary, Michigan Audubon Society
- Monte Vista, Colorado
- Othello, Washington
- Port Aransas, Texas
- Lodi, California
- Yampa Valley, Colorado
Crane music links
Neolithic Chinese flute made from ulna of Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis: Henan Provincial Museum (see Sidebar for Licence) →
- Everything about traditional Japanese shakuhachi bamboo flutes and famous pieces like ‘Nesting of the Cranes’
- Crane flutes – made from ulnae of Red-crowned Crane >9,000 years ago: Photos, music downloads, and story from Brookhaven National Laboratory NY
- Scientific article on bone flutes (Antiquity journal UK), free download pdf 126kb
- Australian shakuhachi musician and composer, Anne Norman
- ‘Nesting of the Cranes’ played on shakuhachi flute
- ‘Crane Nest’ (a different tune) played on shakuhachi flute