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U014.3.557
Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Great Blue Heron and Frog
Date (Execution) : 2008
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 large blue and grey heron standing in a pool of water with five frogs at it's feet (three are jumping and two are kissing). Another heron is flying top right in front of a yellow sun. There is a stamp of a dragonfly at the right center.
Accession # : U014.3.557
Width (cm) : 37.00
Height (cm) : 55.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "A Heron once ruled a small swamp, and he raised his family there. He taught his kids to eat everything: frogs, toads, small chicks, snakes, what Herons normally eat! Until one day a baby Heron of his became lonely and befriended a little lonely ugly baby frog. They grew up together, but hid this from both of their parents. In time they bonded and became adults, where they openly showed their friendship. The swamp was alive with laughter as many thought the friendship was too unusual, until one day a drought came and almost everyone in the swamp died or left. These two friends survived the drought by working together. The frog dug in the ground to find water and his friend, the Heron dug for water with his huge beak. They both eventually left the swamp for a bigger home. This is why Herons do not eat certain species of frogs."