Haida Bear & Cubs
‘Haida Bear & Cubs’ by Haida artist Freda Diesing – Northwest Coast art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Good Condition – Previously framed, showing even discoloration set in paper due to exposure.
Description by Artist:
Notes from DaVic Gallery: The bear is the subject of many legends and superstitions and often featured in art works, particularly totem poles as it is an important family crest. A popular Haida legend tells of a woman that was abducted by a bear while she was out in the fields picking berries. The married the bear and gave birth to twin cubs. This print illustrates this story with a large bear occupying most of the print space showing its ears top left, its large nostril and teeth as well as large, clawed paws bottom right. Then we see the twin cubs middle of the print being taken care of by the mother depicted in the human figure next to the cubs. – “Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast” by Hilary Stewart.
The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.