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U990.14.821
Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Northern Song - Loons
Date (Execution) : n.d.
Geographical Origin : Gitanmaax (Hazelton); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : First Nations formline design of two loons floating on water with semi-circle sun in the background.
Accession # : U990.14.821
Width (cm) : 55.00
Height (cm) : 37.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "There was once a blind man who was very sad. He was so depressed he would not eat for two weeks. One day he was sitting by his house. He felt bad and went down to the lake to cry, when he heard a loon call. "What's wrong with you?" cried the loon. Before the blind man could answer, the loon says "Come to me," so the blind man wades in the water. The loon calls to him to come further. The blind man says "What do you look like?" The loon calls to him to come further still, and the blind man comes out until the water is up to his neck. Then he reaches out to feel the loon. The loon speaks to him, saying "Open your eyes now." The blind man obeys, and as he opens his eyes, he can see. He cries, and as his tears fall on the loon they cause spots to form on the back of the loon which we know as the loon's necklace. The loon song is called the Northern song in Robert's Native language." (transcribed from conversation with Robert Sebastian, provided by Pacific Editions)