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U990.14.1077
Artist / Maker : Thomas, Roy
Title : Turtle Island
Date (Execution) : 1989
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 : Image of two penguins and muskrat/bears on the back of a turtle.
Accession # : U990.14.1077
Width (cm) : 42.00
Height (cm) : 33.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This land is sometimes called the Turtle Island by my people and the animals, birds and people live on this island. The turtle teaches us to take our time when we do things. The little animal on the tail of the turtle is the muskrat. He was the one who got some land when he dove during the great flood. The bear is also there to keep our culture and the loon next to the bear is the keeper of the clans, to remind us we all have a clan to belong to. The thunderbird is the provider of new life, bringing rain so new food can grow for the birds and animals to eat." - Roy Thomas