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U990.14.863
Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Steller's Jay and Chickadee
Date (Execution) : 1988
Geographical Origin : Gitanmaax (Hazelton); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : A large blue jay occupies the centre of the image as it perches on a red branch with water below, rocks behind, and sun above. To smaller birds perch on either side of it.
Accession # : U990.14.863
Width (cm) : 32.50
Height (cm) : 43.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "There is a legend from Robert's home village about the boy who only shot moose. There was a young boy who used to accompany his uncle on hunting trips. There were always many Jays and Chickadees around their camp who the boy loved to tease. He would shake them out of the trees and generally annoy them year after year. When the boy grew and became a hunter himself, the birds had not forgotten his childhood antics and would fly about his head and tease him, making it impossible for him to shoot any of the spry forest creatures, leaving only the slower and less desirable moose for him." (statement provided by Pacific Editions)