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Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Great Blue Heron
Date (Execution) : 1999
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 blue and black heron standing in a pool of water with a smaller blue bird below it. The sky is bright orange at the top with a formline design of a wolf of bird.
Accession # : U014.3.548
Width (cm) : 36.00
Height (cm) : 46.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "In the olden days, long before there were trails or roads, the Northwest Natives used to do a lot of traveling, depending on the season. They had various ways to communicate and one way was to mimic the birds and animals. These sounds would be used as signals for certain things, such as the chick-a-dee call, which would be a sound that the coast was clear and no one was around. The sound of the Great Blue Heron was used to warn of coming danger, and was usually put to use high in the mountains. This call was done high in the mountains because when it was used in the lower valley the Great Blue Heron would answer you, and therefore, spoil the signal. This design shows the Heron and his shadow, reflected in the water." - Robert Sebastian