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U982.26.2
Artist / Maker : Vickers, Roy Henry
Title : The Westcoasters
Date (Execution) : 1982
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Haida, Heiltsuk, Tsimshian, English
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Silkscreen 42/80. Nootka canoe with 3 men. Black, red, grey.
Accession # : U982.26.2
Width (cm) : 71.00
Height (cm) : 48.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : University of Victoria Acquisition Fund
Artist Statement : "The Indians who live along the west coast of Vancouver Island are direct descendants of a race of people who have occupied the land for thousands of years. These brave mariners navigated the open ocean of the North Pacific in hand-hewn cedar canoes long before the arrival of the European. The original inhabitants of this coast hunted the mammoth whales for centuries. Now the introduction of advanced technology has almost brought the whales to the verge of extinction. These people also knew intimately the perilous area of the west coast referred to as "The Graveyard of the Pacific." I have been living and working with the people on the west coast for the past three years and have come to respect them. "The Westcoasters" is a tribute to the courageous and indomitable spirit of the west coast people." R.V.