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Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Beaver Dancer
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 : Brown, beige and black design of a human/beaver person squatting in the bottom center with arms outstretched. In the background centre there is a large beaver head with palms raised above it and flanked on either side by two small beaver characters.
Accession # : U014.3.551
Width (cm) : 55.50
Height (cm) : 38.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The beaver dance is an important dance in the frog family. It tells the story of a beaver whose dam breaks by a mature trapper from a near-by clan. That particular trapper was trespassing. The beaver was caught in a snare, and he began to sing a death song. This song was heard by the owner of the beaver pond. The owner was letting the beavers replenish. He came and let the beaver free from the snare. He then waited for the trespasser in order to warn him not to come back to this pond. The beaver was free and he danced for joy. The owner knew this beaver from its size. He never did try to trap this beaver, but he made this dance from watching the beavers." - Robert Sebastian