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Artist / Maker : Thomas, Roy
Title : Feeding The Fire
Date (Execution) : 1980
Geographical Origin : Ontario, Canada
Cultural Group : Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Central circle of blue bird with red and yellow circle in center. Red, yellow, blue and white circles in four corners of print.
Accession # : U990.14.1061
Width (cm) : 41.90
Height (cm) : 41.90
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "When we sit down with an elder we don't ask questions. We form a circle and wait for the elder to talk. As you listen to the elder you watch the fire and nothing around distracts you. When you want the old people to tell more stories you add wood to the fire. The fire helps you listen. The wood that we burn is the life of the tree; the tree is finished in the fire. The elder receives inspiration for stories from the tree. Then it goes back again. The colours used represent the four directions: white - north, yellow - south, red - east, and blue - west." - Roy Thomas