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U990.14.96
Artist / Maker : Hunt, George Jr.
Title : Raven Releasing the Sun
Date (Execution) : 1985
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwagu'ł, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Design of Raven perched atop a small decorated box shielding its eyes from the sun which it has released into the sky. Sun is in the upper right hand corner and is spilling diagonal rays through the piece.
Accession # : U990.14.96
Width (cm) : 37.70
Height (cm) : 49.90
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : This print illustrates the story of how light originated. Long ago the world was in darkness because a powerful chief kept the sun in a box. Raven, from another village, was able to steal the sun from the chief and release it into the sky. This story was brought to the Hunt family by George's great great grandmother, Mary Ebbetts, a Tlingit woman who married into that family. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)