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WOOCS 2.2.6

Race to Save His Wife

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  • Edition Size:
  • 100 signed and numbered
  • Paper Size:
  • 57 x 76 cm, 22.5 x 30 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 1978

Gunarah lived in a seaside village. He was an accomplished hunter and fisherman, and the most eligible bachelor in his village. One day he went to sea and unexpectedly returned with a wife. She was the prettiest woman the villagers had ever seen.

As the years passed, Gunarah warned his wife repeatedly not to go near the waters edge. However, one day she decided to wash a sea otter pelt in the water. As she was washing the otter pelt a Killerwhale suddenly rose from water. He lifted her onto his dorsal fin and carried her away under the water, to live out the rest of her life.

Gunarah was distraught and calling out to her for many days and nights. One day, a Killerwhale passed by and heard his cries. The whale came closer and told Gunarah that he would help him find his wife. Together, they searched the bottom of the sea and found a gigantic copper house. They waited until all was quiet, before entering and rescuing Gunarah’s wife. And the good Killerwhale carried them both safely to shore on his dorsal fin.

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Race to Save His Wife" by Vern Stephens 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.