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U990.14.1252
Artist / Maker : Thompson, Art ; Tsa Qwa Supp
Title : Ah-Diss (Crane-Fog Maker)
Date (Execution) : 1990/12/06
Geographical Origin : Whyac, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Cowichan, Nuu-chah-nulth, Ditidaht
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : A black and blue crane curled into a circular central motif.
Accession # : U990.14.1252
Width (cm) : 20.00
Height (cm) : 22.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "Ah-Diss (Crane) had a strong desire to have fire like the humans. He took advantage of a village where most of the villagers were out either hunting or fishing. He would sneak into the village and take some hot coals form the fires and try to take them home. Of course they would get too hot before he got home and he would drop them, usually into the water. It's from these repeated thefts that the air would form a mist over the waters. So when the colder weather sets in, you know that Ah-Diss is busy by all the fog that is in the air. There are many versions of this legend; this is only one that I have heard from my family." - Art Thompson