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Description by Artist: ‘Journey Home‘ – “As an adopted First Nations child I grew up away from my culture; when I started doing art a number of years ago I started a personal journey. My parents always insisted that I learn as much as I could about Tlingit culture. They would take me to museums and expose me as much as possible to Tlingit art. But as kid I was more interested in being with my friends. By the time I was in my twenties I started to ask questions where I was from and what being Tlingit was about. Along my journey I have become aware that I have roots in the Kaska Nation as well and that I belong to the Wolf Clan from Watson Lake Yukon.
This painting is about my journey ‘home’ in sense – it is about traveling into my culture as a proud Wolf clan member and taking responsibility in our art, our community, our family, our generation, our beliefs and how we conduct ourselves. This personal journey is symbolized as a great Northwest canoe with a Wolf on its side.”
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This Limited Edition silkscreen prints titled “Journey Home” by Dean Heron was published in May, 2006. It was hand produced by the screen-printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist was involved in the printmaking, checking the stencils and signing each copy in the edition: 200 signed and numbered copies, 20 artist’s proofs, and 1 printer’s proof. 3 Hors de Commerce copies exist and are defaced and all other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.