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Culture:Native American; Haida
Title:Bears and Woman Carving
Date Made:1865-present
Place Made:Canada; United States; Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Measurements:4 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 1 3/8 in.; 12.065 x 23.495 x 3.4925 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1960.138
Credit Line:Gift of Charlotte Heussy McAllister, class of 1930

This small argillite carving depicts a story adopted by the Haida from their Tsimshian neighbors. To the left and the right, two grizzly bears are shown grabbing a woman. The woman, who was out picking berries, was kidnapped by bears and was eventually forced to marry a bear. She bore children who resembled bear-humans. Other pieces of Haida art retell this story, often showing the woman giving birth to her bear children. AP2018

archaeology; animals; men; fruit

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