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U990.14.673
Artist / Maker : Greene, Stan
Title : We-Gyet In The House Of Seal
Date (Execution) : 1979/02
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 : Two kneeling anthropomorphic animal figures holding their arms/wings over a small fire in the centre of the composition; black and red colour scheme on beige paper.
Accession # : U990.14.673
Width (cm) : 66.00
Height (cm) : 50.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "As We-gyet wandered along he came to the house of seal. Seal noticing We-gyet's weariness invited him in for supper. Seal brought out a big tray of dried fish. Then he went over to the fire, and held his hands over the hot flames. From his finger tips flowed delicious seal's oil. This they used on the dried fish. We-gyet had never tasted a more delicious meal. Wanting to match Seal, We-gyet invited seal over for dinner. We-gyet then did the same Seal had done. He brought out a large tray of dried fish. Then We-gyet waddled over to the fire. He held his hands over the hot flames. To make sure to match Seal, We-gyet held his hands in the fire for a long time. But no oil came from the hands of We-gyet. All he got from this was two scorched feet. That is why today, the feet of the Crows and Ravens are black." - S.G.