Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
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Object description

  • Stan Greene (Coast Salish and Nimi'ipuu (Nez Perce), birth 1953)
  • Gunahrsamget Races to Rescue his Wife, 1999
  • Cedar wood, plant fiber, cord, plastic
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • H: 23 in, W: 19 in, D: 21 in (H: 58.4 cm, W: 48.3 cm, D: 53.3 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 2000
  • E301712
  • Depicts story of brave culture hero, Gunarhnasemget
  • Artist raised by his grandparents, who relayed to him narratives such as this one

This sculptural hat incorporates the forms of a raven, killer whale, and three humans, and references the story of how Killer Whale kidnapped the wife of the great hunter Gunarhnasemget and took her to his underwater kingdom. With determination and cleverness, Gunarhnasemget overcame many obstacles and rescued his wife.