Kitkatla Winter is a limited edition print or serigraph from 1993 with an edition size of 250, by Roy Henry Vickers, First Nations Artist from the Pacific Northwest Coast.
As a Lach Klan (Kitkatla) member, I am connected by a slim thread to an ancient culture. The Tsimshian culture was devel- oped many centuries prior to European contact. The society that existed at the time of contact with Europeans was complex and sophisticated. The artistic expression of my ancestors was equal to any that has been in the history of man. The village of Kitkatla exist- ed prior to the pyramids of Egypt and continues today in an unbro- ken habituation of some five thousand years or more.
During my life, I have witnessed a cultural genocide and it's effects on our modern-day civilization. The gradual erosion of traditional values - our spiritual, physical and intellectual relationship to our land. I remember the half dozen or so totems that still stood in the village of my childhood. I can still feel an emotional memory, the sense of community. I recall the sharing of meat by the hunters and fisherman, the first electric generator, oil stoves and heaters, the first social assistance or welfare cheques from the Department of Indian Affairs, food allowance, television and the time when aboriginals were first allowed to buy liquor, the breakdown of the family struc- ture and a continuing legacy of abuse and rise of alcoholism.
The generations of abuse have spawned a group of people who are dependent on a dominant culture and paternalistic Department of Indian Affairs. I see today a growing minority who have had enough of abuse and its effects. There is a growing number of people who are striving for and living in recovery. People who are facing the gen- erations of co-dependence, who are reclaiming their identity, their sense of belonging, self-worth and freedom.
Our long winter of discontent is over and, like the new life that comes each Spring, we are learning to live anew. We can live in the joy/pain of recovery. We will learn to be responsible for ourselves and our land. We are learning to be responsible in our inherent right to govern our destiny. We are realizing the tremendous wealth of human resource that we are as aboriginal people of Canada. We are becoming aware of the importance of our contribution to the world in which we live.
These works of Kitkatla Winter and Kitkatla Spring are symbolic of no longer running from the past, but embracing it and being in the here and now. And so it is to move from Winter into Spring.
This serigraph is from April 1993 and is signed in original by the artist. The print has never been framed and is in mint condition. The image size is 18 inches or close to 46 centimeters wide and 24 inches or a little under 61 centimeters high. The print size is 28 inches or 71 centimeters high and 22 inches or close to 56 centimeters wide.
The print is unframed and the price includes shipping to the USA and Canada.