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Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : The Eagle War Canoe
Date (Execution) : 2000
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 four humans in a canoe on choppy water. The figure in the head of the canoe is wearing some sort of armour in the shape of a bird (eagle). There is a bird flying over head and stylized lines to symbolize the speed at which they are travelling/wind.
Accession # : U014.3.550
Width (cm) : 54.50
Height (cm) : 38.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The Eagle War Canoe was put together to revenge the cold-blooded killing of a family in the territories by a distant tribe. The canoe was put together by the Wolf Clan and made up of the best warriors from the village. The men were trained by making kills of animals with their bare hands and running long distances. Very little food was taken, so the canoe would travel with a light load and would travel at the best speed. The best navigator sat in front in full Eagle War regalia. Once the warriors has reached the enemy village they spent the first two days spying on the village, determining the best plan for a raid. At the right moment, the signal was given, and the warriors went into battle. They killed the enemy, leaving one person, to let others know what had happened. The debt was paid. The people could now live in peace." - Robert Sebastian