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Artist / Maker : Edenshaw, Jaalen
Title : Bear Mother
Date (Execution) : 2008
Geographical Origin : Masset, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Haida
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Bear and cubs in Northwest coast formline. Black, red and white in colour. Mother bear and one cub connected at the tongue.
Accession # : U014.3.165
Width (cm) : 53.50
Height (cm) : 28.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The bear shares many of its traits with humans. Haida stories tell us that, at one time, bears lived in villages like us and that humans could even marry into the bear people. It was the offspring of such a union that brought the use of the bear and their songs back to the Haidas. Like our mothers, bear mothers will do all they can to protect their children. On Haida Gwaii the bears are threatened by foreign sport hunters. This design was created as a self-reminder that it is our responsibility to do what we can to stop this mindless act by those who have no interest in the future of Haida Gwaii."