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U990.14.434
Artist / Maker : Thompson, Art ; Tsa Qwa Supp
Title : Raven Rescues the Sun and Elements
Date (Execution) : 1989/03
Geographical Origin : Whyac, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Cowichan, Nuu-chah-nulth, Ditidaht
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : First Nations design with stylized black raven head and wing furled in a circle with the red, yellow and black face of the sun in the centre. Four circular bands in colours blue, green, yellow, and red form the border to the image.
Accession # : U990.14.434
Width (cm) : 55.60
Height (cm) : 58.20
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "There is a Northern legend about Raven stealing the sun, however one of the versions from the West Coast is that Raven rescued the sun. The world was in darkness because a powerful chief kept the sun in a box. Raven and the other creatures with daylight habits were tired of not being able to find their homes or food to eat. Raven, who was white at this time, came up with a scheme to release the sun from the chief's house. As he flew through the smokehouse with the sun in his beak, he became black. With the rescue of the sun he restored life to the earth and revitalized the elements such as the clouds, rain and water. After the rain and sun were restored, a rainbow appeared. This print is the first in a series of four related West Coast stories involving rainbows." (statement provided by Pacific Editions)