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Artist / Maker : Heron, Dean
Title : Journey Home
Date (Execution) : 2006
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 : Blue canoe.
Accession # : U014.3.237
Width (cm) : 55.75
Height (cm) : 15.20
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "As an adopted First Nations child I grew up away from my culture; when I started doing art a number of years ago I started a personal journey. My parents always insisted that I learn as much as possible about the Tlingit culture. They would take me to museums and expose me, as much as possible, to Tlingit art. But as a kid I was more interested in being with my friends. By the time I was in my twenties I started to ask questions about where I was from and what being a Tlingit was about. Along my journey I have become aware that I have roots in the Kaska Nation as well, and that I belong to the Wolf Clan from Watson Lake. This painting is about my journey 'home.' In a sense it is about traveling into my culture as a proud Wolf Clan member and taking responsibility in our art, our community, our family, our generation, our beliefs, and how we conduct ourselves. This personal journey is symbolized as a great Northwest canoe with a Wolf on its side." - Dean Heron