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U014.3.245
Artist / Maker : Young, Wayne
Title : Story of Creation
Date (Execution) : 1999
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 : Circular composition in red and black. The black component is restricted to only a single figure in the centre of the circle.
Accession # : U014.3.245
Width (cm) : 55.50
Height (cm) : 59.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The story of creation is more suited to the title 'Story of Harmony and Peace'. It begins, of course, with the first man wandering in the woods in search of food and shelter. Having found a place to sleep, with a full stomach, the man also found he was alone. In seeking companionship the only place to turn was the great spirit. So he says, 'Great Spirit, I have no companionship, no friends to run with.' And the Spirit, in all his wisdom, replies, 'I will help you. I will send you one animal, the bear. And if you learn to live with him in peace and harmony I will send you more animals to fill the forest.' So he sent the bear, and the man found he had a great friend. The spirit, seeing that the man could live in harmony with the bear, sent all kinds of animals to fill the forests. As time passed, the man enjoyed his new found friends in the woods. Eventually he went into the water. Swimming in the sea he finds, once again, he's alone. Again, he turns to the Spirit. 'Great Spirit, I swim alone. Please, send me a friend of the sea to swim with.' The Spirit, again, tells the man he will send one animal, to test the waters, so to speak. He sends the Whale. As before, if could live in peace and harmony with the whale, he would send more animals to fill the sea. The man, very grateful for the companionship, learned to live side by side with the whale. As promised, the Great Spirit sent more animals to fill the empty seas. The man now seemed content as he ran through the trees with the bear, the wolves and others, and swam with the whale, seals and many more in the sea. This is when he looked to the skies and saw nothing but blue. So he once again asked the Spirit. 'Oh, Great Spirit,' he prays, 'Why are the skies empty? Please, send us a friend of the skies.' Just like before, the Spirit sent one creature and told the man that if he could live in peace and harmony with this animal of the air he would send more. This time the Spirit sent the eagle. The man, of course, was amazed by the beauty, grace and power of this creature. As a result he found it easy to co-exist with this bird that only required his own space to live. Seeing this, the Spirit sent other fowl to fill the air. Living in Peace and Harmony with brothers in the woods, in the sea and in the sky, the man was finally and totally content. Late, other men came to share the land with this man and the other creatures. That is another story."