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U990.14.672
Artist / Maker : Greene, Stan
Title : Raven Stealing The Sun
Date (Execution) : 1979
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Semiahmoo
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black and red design of an anthropomorphic animal figure facing towards the right with a red sun in it's mouth.
Accession # : U990.14.672
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 66.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "Once long ago, there lived a man named We-gyet. Now this man had the power to turn himself into anything he pleased. The shape he often took was that of the Raven. This is one of the legends of man. Long ago when the world was still in darkness, lived We-gyet. Now We-gyet grew tired of this. He had heard of the great Chief of the Skies who owned the sun. He went down to the stream where the Chief's daughter drank water. He then turned himself into a cedar leaf. The Chief's daughter then swallowed We-gyet. Soon she gave birth to a baby boy. The boy grew quickly and soon began to wander around the house. He noticed that the sun was kept high in a box. We-gyet began to cry "Ma, Ma." This is what they called the sun. One old man said, "The boy wants to play with Ma." Since he was the Chief's grandson he was allowed to play with it. Then one day while no one was around, he rolled the Ma towards the door. Then We-gyet slipped into his Raven robe, and flew out of the Hole in the Sky, bringing the Sun to our world." - S.G.