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Artist / Maker : Thomas, Roy
Title : Water Spirit
Date (Execution) : 1992
Geographical Origin : Ontario, Canada
Cultural Group : Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Beige background. Red line around a fish, mermaid, and turtle, and through a loon.
Accession # : U998.7.101
Width (cm) : 46.00
Height (cm) : 34.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This print depicts the cycle of life. The merman's braid has four 'knots' representing the seasons as well as the four races of man. The three lines in the end of the braid represent the mind, the body and the spirit. The merman also shows people's relationship to water. The line extending from his tail to the fish is the man 'getting ready to come to this world'. The fish reminds us of water which is 'the giver of life.' Extending from the fish is a learning road which travels through the Great Spirit's Place. The line continues as a teaching road which connects to Turtle Island. The seven steps of people run down the turtle's back and are: birth, child, teenager, adolescent, marriage, parents and grandparents. Completing the cycle is the road of going to the spirit world." - Roy Thomas