Print View  |  Add to Cart

U014.3.541
Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Hummingbirds and Hare
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 : Image of a black and what hare sitting at the bottom left amongst green shrubbery with two colourful hummingbirds feeding from three white and yellow flower at the top center. Vibrant purple background.
Accession # : U014.3.541
Width (cm) : 38.50
Height (cm) : 55.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Years before contact time, a Hare was caught in a snare which was made of sinew. The rabbit cried like a baby and was very afraid. Two Hummingbirds were flying by and heard the Hare's cries for help. They flew to where the rabbit was caught, but could not untie the strong sinew. They also knew that the hunter would be by soon, so they took turns pecking at one spot on the sinew. It did not take the Hummingbirds long to get the Hare free. The hunter was puzzled by his empty snare so he went to the village holyman for an answer to the puzzle. The Holyman prayed over night with the problem. The next day he called the hunter to his house, and said, "I have talked to the animals and they have told me that you waste a lot of your catch. This must not continue. You will continue to hunt even if you don't catch anything. The animals will come to your traps again when they are ready."" - Robert Sebastian