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U014.3.92
Artist / Maker : Cook, Rande ; K'alapa
Title : Box of Light
Date (Execution) : 2002
Geographical Origin : 'Yalis (Alert Bay); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw, 'Namgis, Ma'amtagila, Mamalilikala
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Circular First Nations formline design of a white Raven in profile against and orange sun. He is standing on a bentwood box against a dark blue background. Colours are grey, red, and white.
Accession # : U014.3.92
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 54.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "In the beginning of time when the world was dark, there was a chief who held the sun, moon and stars in a box in his house. The Raven, being a Trickster, decided to bring light to the world. He transformed himself into a boy in order to get close to the box. When the chief left the house the boy transformed back into the Raven, opened the box and released the moon and stars. After the Raven released the moon and stars he released the sun and left through the smoke hole. They say that the Raven was originally white until he left through the smoke hole in the chief's house and was blackened." --Rande Cook