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Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Steelhead Falls
Date (Execution) : 2003
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 six white and gray stealhead trout swimming upstream amongst blue waves. The sky is orange and yellow with a large yellow sun at top left.
Accession # : U014.3.556
Width (cm) : 35.50
Height (cm) : 48.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Years ago the fish runs were so plentiful the ran all year round, and no-one was ever hungry. Then the people got careless; they had so much fish during the summer that they just played and wasted the fall Steelhead run. This went on for some time, and finally the God of the Sky got mad. He took all the salmon away. The people began to starve and many, many died. It was when the villages were down to the last of the people (just a couple in each village) that God changed his mind. It was after this that the remaining few villagers promised that they would waste no more fish, ever! It was the fall Steelhead run that returned first. It is important because if winter came, all would have died. The fish soon came back, all the runs, but not as plentiful as before. Don't waste fish." - Robert Sebastian