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Artist / Maker : Preston, Mark ; Tenna Tsa Teh
Title : Wolf
Date (Execution) : 2001
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 in red, turquoise, black and white colour scheme. Large predominant red mouth with white teeth in the right side of the image.
Accession # : U014.3.482
Width (cm) : 37.00
Height (cm) : 18.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The wolf has always been highly regarded for its keen hunting stills and is a reminder of how effective working together can be. The wolf's spirit is something that a good hunter would have like to be gifted with. Ravens would often lead a pack into the direction of a deer or caribou herd, with the result of a share in the left-overs. Many cultures have horrific tales of wolves attacking, or of wolves being the devil. Only after near extinction was the truth about these animals learned. However, as the population grows and land masses are stripped of its trees, the wolf and many other animals of our great heritage become ever more scarce, and are forced into our lives and the land with them as our living neighbours. The wolf would have only ever been hunted for its pelt [in traditional times] as did my great uncle Taylor McGundy. Taylor was always concerned about how the wolves were doing on his trap lines, because it was a good indicator of how the other animals were doing too. I do not recall a story about the wolf, and never heard stories about how evil or bad wolves were. For me, the wolf remains a mystery and I have only ever seen them from a distance. The wolf is a good symbol of how a family can thrive and live together. When a young man would be preparing to go on a hunt, he needed to have a good spirit to guide his hunt, and who better than the wolf. It was customary to bring along two or more on a hunt, similar to the methods of the wolf? One hunter might have to distract, while the other would be hidden, ready with bow and arrow. In the West Coast, it was believed that the killer whales were of the same family because of the many similarities in character and hunting techniques employed by both animals." - Mark Preston "This print is one in a set of four designed in the style of bentwood box painting." Statement by Vincent Rickard, Pacific Editions.