Scana with the Woman
‘Scana with the Woman’ by Freda Diesing – First Nations Northwest Coast Haida Artist presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Some soft vertical creases throughout the paper from paper handling that are mainly only noticeable when light at angle as shown in picture # 7. Hardly noticeable when seen from front of print. No discoloration and great bright colors.
Description by Artist: No description by the artists found
Notes from DaVic Gallery: There was once a man named Gunarh whose beautiful wife was kidnapped by a Killer whale (Scana). He took her to the underwater village of the powerful Killer whale People, and planned to wed her as soon as he could create a dorsal fin and attach it to her back. However, Gunarh was determined to rescue his beloved. He undertook a series of perilous tasks, going so far as to ride on the back of a mighty Killer whale to reach the village in the depths of the sea. There, Gunarh successfully extracted his wife from the Chief Killer whale’s longhouse, rescuing his love and returning with her to their own earthly village.
This is a common myth amongst the Haida people but there are many versions of this legend base on the Nation which is telling the story. In some versions, Gunarh is instead called Nanasimget.