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Artist / Maker : Heron, Dean
Title : Set of Four; Split Killerwhale, Eagle Rising, Northern Confidence, Bringing Salmon to the Coast
Date (Execution) : 2006
Geographical Origin : Yukon Territory; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kaska (Kaska Dena), Tlingit
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Four individual components in one print. Top left: Two red killer whales; top right: blue bird (raven?); bottom left: green frog; bottom right: black eagle
Accession # : U014.3.236
Width (cm) : 76.50
Height (cm) : 43.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : Split Killerwhale: "Coming over on the ferry from Tsawassen our family was treated by a visit from a giant pod of Killer Whales! There must have been 20 or more that passed in front and behind the ship. The Killer Whales would split off in twos as they swam by. When I see this image I remember this remarkable sight!" - D.H. Bringing Salmon to the Coast: "Raven has brought us so many things and Salmon was one of them. He flew the coastal waters of British Columbia with a mouthful of salmon roe. He dropped the eggs in each of the streams and rivers to bring the people salmon. He would later show us how to catch and prepare the salmon to help us get through the winter months. Here Raven is dropping the eggs, and as they fall they start to transform into mature salmon." - D.H. Northern Confidence: "Frogs are one of my favourite images to paint. The earlier designs started out in red and black, but I prefer this combination of the green and black -- much like the natural colour of Pacific Tree Frogs found in the West Coast. It is said that Raven was so jealous of the frog's ability to speak that it took away its voice and replaced it with a croak. But even so, Frog gleams with confidence and stability -- feet firmly planted on the ground. Have you ever tried to tip a frog over?" - D.H. Eagle Rising: "My family and I were travelling to Prince Rupert to see my Grandfather and we counted over 30 pairs of Eagles gorging themselves on eulachon. They were all in pairs." - D.H.