Volcano Woman [painting] by Wayne YoungVolcano Woman [painting] by Wayne Young
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Volcano Woman [painting]

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Volcano Woman's Tears The story of the Volcano Woman and her Frog-son, a myth of the Haida, describes how an entire village was destroyed by a volcano. Once, five young hunters, among them a Prince, went to a nearby stream to fish for trout. After they had caught some and roasted them for dinner, a large frog appeared and jumped onto the trout. The Prince at once caught the frog, threw it into the fire and killed it. But the frog was the son of the Volcano Woman. Soon the Prince and his companions heard the wailing of the Volcano Woman, My son! Give me back my son!, and the frightened hunters set off for their village. The woman cursed them as they ran, saying, Each of you shall die, one by one! And so it happened, the hunters dropping dead one by one, until only the Prince remained. As he reached the village and told of the disaster, he also died. The rumblings of the volcano increased as the wailing of the woman grew louder, and the fire and lava flows destroyed the entire village. Only a few people survived. -Wayne Young

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist Wayne Young
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2005
Dimensions 30" x 23"
Materials & Edition acrylic on paper

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