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  • Edition Size:
  • 75 signed and numbered
  • Paper Size:
  • 29 x 44.5 cm, 11.5 x 17.5 inches
  • Image Size:
  • 21.5 x 21.5 cm, 8.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 1974

The moon appears in the mythology of all Northwest Coast nations. It is a guide, a protector, a guardian spirit, a timekeeper, and is associated with transformation.

The Nuu-chah-nulth honour the moon and his wife, the sun, as the most powerful beings of all. They afford good luck and abundant food. This personification as a male entity is rare. Among other Indigenous groups it is often female, and more delicate and serene than the sun.

The moon is frequently shown in association with Wolf, due to their nocturnal habits. Sometimes it is seen in the beak of Raven, a reference to the creation story of Raven releasing the sun, moon and stars into the sky.

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Moon" by Art Thompson was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. All trial copies of this edition have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.