• Drawing
    Nb3.1415 Front / Recto
2 media

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

during 1969
Object > Artwork
Related School
St. Michael's (BC)
Creators and Contributors
Billy Nelson
Place Made
Alert Bay, British Columbia
Felt pen and painted (?) image on a horizontally rectangular, white paper covered with a plastic or Mylar sheet and mounted on an introductory, vertically rectangular, yellow cardboard, exhibit panel. Black 'Letraset' type lettering on cardboard below picture reads 'ART WORK DONE BY PACIFIC COAST / INDIAN CHILDREN AGES 8 -14, LIVING AT / ALERT BAY / RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL'. Image is of a multi-coloured left facing, profile whale-bird and whale head with a bird head behind and three right facing bird heads forming the tail and hind limb or fin. Bird-like head at the front limb or fin and a head at the dorsal fin on the top. Blue shading around the image. Pencil signature at the bottom left reads 'Billy Nelson'. Signature of John Gomes is crossed out on the back.

From a collection of Northwest Coast inspired artwork produced by First Nations children at the Alert Bay Residential School during the 1968 to 1969 school year. The works were also part of an exhibition of student drawings, displayed at the Charles Sanderson Library in Toronto during 1970. They were also featured briefly by one of the local television stations.


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overall: 65.1 cm x 55.5 cm x 0.3 cm


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