About this object


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. Residential schools were operated by religious organizations and followed the regular provincial curriculum. The Alert Bay Residential School was operated by the Anglican Church of Canada. According to the Van Drielens, art was discouraged at the School because 'they couldn't make a living at it'.

Cultural context

student art

Physical description

Profile creature (sea-wolf?) facing to the left side with the head at the top, forelimb, and tail pointing to the left. Two triangular black crests on top of the head. Wolf-like head with open red mouth surrounded by a green area. There is a profile face at the abdomen with u forms and ovoids on the limb, tail, and body. All details in green, red or black pencil crayon. The drawing is on a vertically rectangular, white paper piece glued to red cardboard with the same orientation covered with clear plastic.