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U014.3.488
Artist / Maker : Preston, Mark ; Tenna Tsa Teh
Title : Harmony
Date (Execution) : 2007
Geographical Origin : Dawson, Yukon, Canada
Cultural Group : Tlingit
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Narrow horizontal rectangular composition of five sea lions/seals swimming toward the left. Fish shadows in the background and green grass in the foreground. Red, black and green colour on white.
Accession # : U014.3.488
Width (cm) : 66.00
Height (cm) : 28.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Sea otters have a playful nature, even with all the dangers that might surround them. They will play and wrestle like lovers even while hunting and foraging for food. Two otter species live along the northwest coast. The sea otter live in ocean waters, and its thick, warm pelt formed the basis of early fur trade along the coast. The otter has come to represent the spirit of playfulness, however, it has the ability to be serious when it comes to protecting the young. In many stories otter is described as female. In this print I have chosen to illustrate the harmony in the balance of being playful, but ever aware of our surroundings. As a family and as parents we can all identify with this nature; it comes alive in us with our own children. We are playful and gentle, as well we keep watch over them, protecting the family. In many of the Tlingit mythology of otter she is associated with flood stories similar to that of the Christian flood story. In one such story, the wise man releases her to the sea in hopes that she may find the bottom. This would indicate that the flood waters were receding. Raven tells tall tales but this one is filled with truth her lessons filled my eyes with wonder and my mind soared over sea and land of it was her grand and beauty that i beheld as a child it is because of her that i live not just in body now and forever lifted from the depths of darkness."