Trial of Tears

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Silk Screen Serigraph
Size: 29 x 22"
Edition: 159

The central figure is Native elder, Mary Johnson upon hearing the outcome of the Gitksan / Wet'suet'en land claim trial on March 8, 1991. The two Trees of Life represent the territory and the resources that were being disputed. Coppers are a traditional symbol of wealth, and in a dispute a chief may "break a copper". There are four broken coppers to represent the legal dispute, and four whole coppers to represent the unresolved land question. The four white ravens depict the ever-changing trickster, and symbolize the Canadian legal system and this ruling.

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