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U014.3.481
Artist / Maker : Preston, Mark ; Tenna Tsa Teh
Title : Salmon
Date (Execution) : 2001
Geographical Origin : Dawson, Yukon, Canada
Cultural Group : Tlingit
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Narrow vertical rectangular composition in black, turquoise, red and white colour scheme. Abstract animal form with large eye in the left corner of the image.
Accession # : U014.3.481
Width (cm) : 18.50
Height (cm) : 37.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "It is said that every spring the salmon people changed from human form into salmon form be begin their long journey to the rivers of their birth. For me, the salmon remain symbolic of the life giving that we all have come to depend on. Some have taken for granted and have abused this gift of life. Without the salmon, life as we know it will not be the same and life's cycles will have many negative effects on other creatures around the lakes and rivers of our home land. Growing up on salmon was something I have never tired of. And I still look forward to the next gift of salmon from relatives in the north. There was great excitement throughout our small community when each family started pulling in nets filled with the red bodies of the salmon. Even the dogs sensed the change with dancing and howls, and with tails wagging in anticipation of the left overs of tails and heads. In this print, the salmon's head is arched with human forms filling the body and filling the space around the salmon in a Bent wood box design style. The salmon and man are more than symbolically involved in each other's existence. And when we fully see that, as something very personal, we might become more sensitive of our roles as guardians and our responsibility o watch what we do to the other living creatures; to treat them as our living neighbours. Early in my childhood I watched as my uncle, Taylor McGundy would check his traps and set new ones that had been prepared days before. Many children would accompany their relatives on the land with the harvesting of ducks, salmon and wild meat. Camps would be set up near the hunting sites every season. Many families would have several camp sites they would travel to each year, depending on the season and the game they would be harvesting. Extended families might jointly work together in the gathering and preparing the catch for the winter stock and would gladly share with each other, trading ad bartering for items they didn't have enough of. Because the winters were sometimes long and difficult, sharing was common practice amongst the first peoples. It continues to be practiced amongst those who still know the old ways." - Mark Preston "This print is one in a set of four designed in the style of a bentwood box painting." Statement by Vincent Rickard, Pacific Editions.