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Artist / Maker : Young, Wayne
Title : Raven with Broken Beak
Date (Execution) : 2000
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 design of a raven that seems to morph into a whale/fish figure. Body is curled around at back and head is facing left with a large red tongue visible.
Accession # : U014.3.631
Width (cm) : 71.50
Height (cm) : 55.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The on-going story of the mischievous Raven continues as he no sooner gets out of one tough spot then he into another. In his last adventure the Raven had encountered the big fisherman, who unceremoniously tied him to a huge rock and threw him into the sea. So this story takes off from the time he was tied to the rock and sinking fast. As a transformer, the Raven knew how to save himself. He quickly changes himself into a salmon and swims out of his ties, feeling he came out ahead. As luck would have it the first thing the Raven, in the form of a salmon, runs into a Killer Whale. With no chance of out-running the Whale, he is swallowed whole, so he finds himself in the stomach and no place to go. As a salmon, he had no chance of getting out, so he immediately transforms back into the form of a raven and starts to eat his way out of the whale's stomach. This plan of action is a total success and he escapes, leaving a gaping hole on the underbelly of the whale. So everything is well and good as the Raven swims for the surface. As usual, the Raven's desire for personal and instant gratification clouds his judgement when he spots a clump of kelp dangling in his face. He can not resist and lunges for the kelp. In an instant he knows he has made a mistake, because right away he feels great pain because of the hook and line embedded in the kelp. In the ensuing struggle with the fisherman who caught him, the Raven's beak is caught on the hook while the Raven hangs onto the coral at the bottom of the sea. Raven's beak is yanked off and he then goes after the fisherman. He finds help by tricking Whale onto the beach, and scaring the fisherman away. Raven then transforms into an old man and finally gets his beak back. The injured whale as then eaten by the villagers. To this day the Haida do not hunt whales but only eat ones that wash up on shore."