ROY HENRY VICKERS GALLERY
RAVEN'S MOON - UNFRAMED LITHOGRAPH
$60.00

RAVEN'S MOON - UNFRAMED LITHOGRAPH

Edition Date: December 2013
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Medium: Unframed Lithograph
Image Size: 9 1/4" x 6 1/2"
Framed Size: 14 1/4" x 11 1/2"

When I was a young man studying my culture, art and ancestry I visited many places including Skidegate, B.C. where my great grandfather, Amos Collinson was from. On one of my many visits to Gwaii Hanas I stopped to admire the shark totem carved by one of my mentors, Bill Reid. Over the years my search of my roots has taken me to Bella Bella, Kitkatla, Skidegate, and Massett and all these coastal villages held a connection to the past. My visits to Gwaii Hanas included fishing trips as well as visits to relatives always left me with this deep sense of belonging.

A cousin of mine from Haida Gwaii, recently photographed a raven sitting atop the old dogfish totem and inspired me to create this piece I call Raven’s Moon. Bill Reid carved the totem and raised the dogfish totem back in 1978, it was the first to be raised in the village of Skidegate for 100 years!

Today there are many totems being carved and raised, they are a testament to the culture that continues to thrive. It seems Raven left Gwaii Hanas many years ago in the darkness and brought the daylight ball to the people and the people continue to bring that light to the world.

Story

When I was a young man studying my culture, art and ancestry I visited many places including Skidegate, B.C. where my great grandfather, Amos Collinson was from. On one of my many visits to Gwaii Hanas I stopped to admire the shark totem carved by one of my mentors, Bill Reid. Over the years my search of my roots has taken me to Bella Bella, Kitkatla, Skidegate, and Massett and all these coastal villages held a connection to the past. My visits to Gwaii Hanas included fishing trips as well as visits to relatives always left me with this deep sense of belonging.

A cousin of mine from Haida Gwaii, recently photographed a raven sitting atop the old dogfish totem and inspired me to create this piece I call Raven’s Moon. Bill Reid carved the totem and raised the dogfish totem back in 1978, it was the first to be raised in the village of Skidegate for 100 years!

Today there are many totems being carved and raised, they are a testament to the culture that continues to thrive. It seems Raven left Gwaii Hanas many years ago in the darkness and brought the daylight ball to the people and the people continue to bring that light to the world.