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Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Sister Loons
Date (Execution) : 1994
Geographical Origin : Gitanmaax (Hazelton); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Three loons (two gray and one black) against a light blue sky with a blue circular moon/sun in the top right corner. Water and waves are visible at the bottom.
Accession # : U014.3.540
Width (cm) : 38.50
Height (cm) : 56.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Three sister loons had been eating in a hidden lake in northern B.C.. The lake was small and most loons take a long distance to get off the ground as they are primarily swimmers. The over abundance of fish in the lake quickly put weight on the loons. They devised a plan where they would lose weight, simply by not eating. That week, one loon ate very little, another loon ate enough to keep her strength and the third loon ate as normal, all she could. At the end of the week they gathered at one end of the lake and were set for take-off. The first loon who ate very little easily made it out of the little lake. The second loon who ate regularly barely made it out of the lake. The last loon, who was still eating when she took off, did not make it out; she is still there on the lake today. That is why when you see a loon today it is usually alone." - Robert Sebastian