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Owl Guardian

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  • Edition Size:
  • 150 signed and numbered, 15 artist's proofs, 2 printer's proofs
  • Paper Size:
  • 51 x 51 cm, 20 x 20 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 2022

Trevor Husband describes his limited-edition print, Owl Guardian, as follows.

"The owl is a polarizing figure on the Northwest Coast and across Turtle Island. (....) My teachings are that you need to spend time watching an animal if you want to understand its medicine (teachings).

The owl can see in the dark, and hunts at night. Symbolically this relates to the spirit world, and gives the owl the ability to navigate the spirit world, going back and forth and bringing messages. (....) If we pray to Owl and ask for help, Owl can help us to see things that we are having a hard time seeing and understanding.

This design shows a bear cub in the belly of the owl, representing our inner child. The owl is watching over the bear cub, hiding in the shadows of the trees as they do, making sure it is safe from a distance. When the bear cub goes into dangerous situations, the owl will make sure, that the bear cub is safe. This piece is intended to bring this medicine of protection and being watched over to the viewer."
- Trevor Husband

The copper colour in the design emphasizes the significant role copper has played in Indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Native copper - copper that exists naturally in a pure form, and which does not require smelting or refinement - has been used to create objects of adornment and to manufacture tools for more than 6,000 years.

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Owl Guardian" by Trevor Husband 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. The printer has destroyed all trial copies and obliterated the printing stencils.

Published by Cedar Hill Long House Native Art Prints.