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U998.7.99
Artist / Maker : Thomas, Roy
Title : Positive Inspiration
Date (Execution) : 1992/04/01
Geographical Origin : Ontario, Canada
Cultural Group : Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Eight birds. Colors are browns, some beige and gold in the top right corner. A brown line encircles them.
Accession # : U998.7.99
Width (cm) : 45.50
Height (cm) : 34.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This design represents the cycle of life. Moving clockwise, the smallest bird on the right symbolizes birth, the next is a child, followed by a teenager then an adolescent. The next two birds are a woman and man respectively, representing marriage. The uppermost bird is a grandparent, or elder, respected and honoured as a teacher. The line on the left represents life experience and learning of natural laws. It connects to the 'Great Spirit's Place' from which the teaching road extends to the right, teaching of culture." - Roy Thomas