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The Loon is a messenger of the land. Legend in the Lil’wat Nations tells us that after the great flood, Loon was sent out looking for dry land and brought a willow branch back to the people as a symbol that the flood was receding. In Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art, the Loon is depicted as side profile floating on the water with wings back against his body, round head and long flat beak.
Stephanie Kewistep was born November 1, 1966 on the Yellow Quill Reserve. Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. However, Kewistep’s mother moved to Vancouver when the four children were very young and this has been home. Kewistep did not take up painting until adulthood. Her then-husband is a very talented Haida artist and she was both inspired and mentored by him. Stephanie Kewistep’s work is a synthesis of various traditional Indian art styles – using modified versions of the ovals of the Haida traditions, the flowing lines of the Woodland style – and makes each piece her own.