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U014.3.553
Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Grouse and Raven
Date (Execution) : 2001
Geographical Origin : Gitanmaax (Hazelton); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Image of a gray and black grouse at bottom right and a gray and black raven at top centre in front of a light blue background. A brown totem pole stands along the left side of print.
Accession # : U014.3.553
Width (cm) : 38.50
Height (cm) : 56.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The early days and dawn of the totem culture found a grouse walking near a newly carved totem. The medicine man said to leave the grouse alone. The grouse stayed at the pole site for days. It was on the tenth day that this grouse spoke to the family who owned the totem pole. The grouse foretold the comic of a disease and famine. The only way to prevent this was to move the whole village up river twenty miles. The people moved, and they found that the water at the old site was suddenly poisoned from a near-by volcano. The volcano, near Old Hazelton, was small and has never erupted." - Robert Sebastian