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U014.3.248
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Calvin
Title : Raven and Bear Releasing Salmon
Date (Execution) : 1996
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Raven and bear facing one another on their knees holding two grey and red salmon in their hands.
Accession # : U014.3.248
Width (cm) : 55.50
Height (cm) : 38.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "One day Raven spotted Bear grubbing around a rock. This went on for so long that Raven landed and asked Bear what he was doing. Bear replied that he smelled something absolutely delicious, and it was coming from under the rock. So Bear and Raven worked together, tugging, pushing and pulling the huge rock until it came free, revealing a dark hole in the ground. Bear was too big to climb down, so Raven volunteered to fly down the tunnel to look for the source of the smell. Finally Raven came upon a winding, underground river. He followed the river until he came to the village of the Pale People. They were suspicious of Raven, however, Raven was a good talker and convinced them that he was not there to steal any of their secrets, he just wanted to taste their delicious smelling bar-b-que! Raven tasted what they called 'salmon' and thought to himself, 'I must have this!'. While the Pale People weren't watching, Raven stuffed salmon in his nostrils and ears, and tucked some scales under his talons. Raven stole away from the Pale People, and returned to his world through the tunnel from which he came. Bear was very anxious, but Raven bade him to wait a bit longer. He took Bear to the nearest river and there he released salmon into the water, giving salmon to the world of daylight." - C.H.