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U014.3.675
Artist / Maker : Wasden, William HiƂamas Edward Jr. (Wak'analagalis)
Title : The Boy in the Moon
Date (Execution) : 2000
Geographical Origin : 'Yalis (Alert Bay); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : 'Namgis, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Dark blue starry sky with black designs overlaying it provides the backdrop to a large yellow moon with a silver boy curled up within it.
Accession # : U014.3.675
Width (cm) : 56.50
Height (cm) : 38.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Galagame' (The-First-One) was a young boy living with his parents. It was Dog Salmon time and his tribe was fishing in Smith's Inlet. One night, his parents asked him to go and fetch water for they had run out. Because of our beliefs, no one should be running around at night, because of the unknown spirits and possible dangerous beings that come out at night. So Galagame', following his parent's wishes, went to the creek to fetch water with his water bucket. As he stood at the side of the creek a great form came out of the sky and descended from the heavens and took Galagame' away. Many years had passed and the boy's parents, in their sadness, tried in vain to forget what had happened, but the memories of their son were always on their minds. One day, four years later, the being that had taken Galagame' returned him back to the spot he had first been taken from. It just happened to be fishing time again, so the tribe was once again harvesting Dog Salmon. As soon as he had returned he ran to his parents' camp. he was really excited to see his parents again, and he told of his experience. However, the boy's father did not believe it was really him, for his features had aged and his hair had become grey. His father asked the boy why he wanted to taunt and insult him by speaking of his long lost son. Galagame' told his father that up in the sky the winds blow very hard and this is what had caused his aging. To his surprise, his father told him that the young boy had been missing for four years. To his recollection, he thought he had been away for only four days. Unable to convince his father, Galagame' sadly returned to the creek where he had first been taken away. Before long the Great Form descended once more and took away Galagame'. He was taken to the moon where he would remain forever with his water bucket and his hair blowing in the wind. The four faces in the corners of the design represent the four winds blowing in four directions. The two side faces are the parents of Galagame', and they represent that his parents are thinking of him and he is always in their thoughts. In my work before this I used only four stylized stars, representing four people who had inspired me in my life, and who have passed on. As the circle of life continues, there are more people who have inspired me in my life, and who have passed on to the other side. Therefore, I have added more stars in the sky. This is a Gwa'sala story, coming from Smith's Inlet. I have many good friends and people who I consider brothers and sisters who are decedents of this tribe. This print is dedicated to them."