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Artist / Maker : Heron, Dean
Title : Set of Four Stories
Date (Execution) : 2004
Geographical Origin : Yukon Territory; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kaska (Kaska Dena), Tlingit
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Four rectangular boxes. First depicts a killer whale in black, second: a bear in brown, third: an eagle in green, fourth: a raven in blue.
Accession # : U014.3.235
Width (cm) : 35.50
Height (cm) : 55.80
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : Blackfish!: "The killerwhale is sometimes referred to as Blackfish by the Tlingit Nation. They feature prominently in the cultures of the Northwest Coast, and as a result, there are many great stories attributed to them. It was once thought that when a Blackfish over-turned canoes they would take the occupants to their undersea village and transform them into killerwhales. Because of this when pods of Blackfish swam past villages, it was said to be those who were lost at sea coming to say hello. The face you see within a 'Blackfish!' is a reminder of those who were lost." - D.H. Eagle Inside: "Eagles have held a special place in my heart as far back as I can remember. I paint them to celebrate family, friends and special occasions. 'Eagle Inside' is about seeing the good within us all and unlocking what our inner-selves have to offer. It reminds us we all have special qualities that make us unique. It is there to encourage us all to stay true to ourselves and to share our gifts with those around us." - D.H. Raven Releases the Light: "Ah, Raven, what is he up to now? Always seems to be putting his beak where it doesn't belong - and this time is no exception. On his back he carries the Sun in human form, to fling up into the heavens after having stolen it away from the Chief. Here the Trickster is bathed in the blue light of the very first dawn as he spills light onto the world." -- D.H. Fishing with Bears: "I used to fish for salmon on the Kitimat River as a kid and more often than not, in the company of bears. My Dad used to tell me: 'Leave them alone and they will ignore you. They're fishing just like us.' He was right. I was always amazed as I witnessed them catching salmon so easily; within 5 or 10 minutes they would lumber back into the woods with a belly full of food. I continue to this day, to wish I could gain a Bear's spirit to successfully catch salmon." - D.H.