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Nom de l'objet : Carving
Numéro d'accession : 1991.11.2
Description : The wood carving depicts figures carved in high relief around a center post. Beginning at the bottom on the right is a figure of a man who jumps back as a bear standing on two legs approaches him. Behind the bear is a woman who carries a baby on her back walking away from them. Above, beginning from the proper right, is a fish with a bird emerging from its body, beside them is a bird that stands on the side of the post.
Commentaires : The artist, Kitty Smith, was born around 1890 to a Tlingit father and a Tagish mother. Her parents died when she was very young and her father's family claimed her. Some twenty years later, Kitty left, escaping an abusive husband. She then went to live with her maternal grandmother and later married a Tagish man named Billy Smith. She soon became a mother and in her spare time carved. Her carvings were experimental and she sold them casually, according to Cruikshank.
Fonctions : The carving as told in Cruikshank's The Social Life of Stories, represents the story of Kaats', a man who married Bear Woman. The story is about a married man, Kaats', who goes hunting one day. There he encounters a bear disguised as a woman, who seduces him away from his family. Later his distressed human wife finds him and asks him why he abandoned his family. He tells her that his life no longer belongs to him and that it was spared only because he promised to stay with the Bear people. In this carving, it shows Kaats' being seduced by Bear Woman and in the second scene it shows Kaats' human wife leaving with their child on her back. Above the story of Kaats', is the story of Crow emerging from the back of Whale. In this story Crow tricks Whale into swallowing him, so he can comfortably live in Whale's cavity all winter, living off of fresh whale meat.Cruikshank, Julie. The Social Life of Stories: Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1998.
Sujet ou image : First Nations
Établissement : MacBride Museum
Ville de l'établissement : Whitehorse
Province de l'établissement : Yukon Territory
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