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U014.3.612
Artist / Maker : Young, Wayne
Title : Raven Steals the Light
Date (Execution) : 1998
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Nisga'a, Haida
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black and red figurative image with numerous heads/ faces. The largest, at top left, looks left with tongue hanging.
Accession # : U014.3.612
Width (cm) : 37.75
Height (cm) : 50.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "A long time ago in the days of legends and tales there was a fisherman and his daughter, who spent their time fishing, hunting and picking berries. The father had a very special possession. He had a very beautiful bent-wood box, and in this box he hoarded the light. Hoarding it, of course, he did not want to share it, but take it out once in a while to admire it before it was returned to the box. Enter the Raven. Noted as mischievous, conniving and greedy for things he did not possess. Needless to say he wanted the light from the box, so he contrived a scheme. Raven was known as a shape shifter, able to transform into any form of life he chose. This particular time he decided to change into a berry. He did this so as to be consumed by the daughter as she picked berries. Once inside the body of the daughter, Raven transformed into a human fetus, making her believe she had been impregnated. After taking the fetus to full term she gave birth to a baby boy, not knowing it was the Raven in disguise. In the disguise as the man's grandson, the Raven was able to get close enough to the box to steal the light at which time he returned back to his original form and flew away with the light."