This legend of the Origin of Daylight has Weget (Big Man) as the hero. Weget is the son of a Great Chief in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Weget grew up with extraordinary powers to hunt, fish and do battle. His father gave to Weget a Raven’s skin which he could put on and then be able to fly. He was also given a bag containing salmon roe, small stones and seeds of berries.At this time the world was still in darkness. As he flew over the ocean to the mainland he dropped the rocks on the ocean and they became islands on which he could rest.Weget also spread the salmon roe into the ocean and the seeds upon the land. From this time on there were all kinds of fish in the ocean and berries on the land.Weget then remembered a house in the heavens that belonged to the Chief of the Heavens. The Chief kept the ball of daylight in a box. Now Weget figured if he could marry the Chief’s daughter he would inherit the box and bring it to the earth. The Chief would not allow Weget to marry his daughter because he had figured Weget’s plan out.Well, now Weget figured, he would turn himself into a leaf or a pine needle and when the Chief’s daughter drank what was really the transformed Weget she would become pregnant and the rebirth of Weget would result; and thus Weget could get the box from the Chief of the Heavens. This plan succeeded and Weget, as he grew big, took the box and brought it back to earth. He put on his Raven skin and just flew back to earth.Now the world was still in darkness and there were only frog people; they were spirits who could work and gather food in the darkness. Weget was hungry and he asked these frog people for a little of the many fish they were catching. He asked four times and four times the frogs refused, so Weget broke open the box and daylight came to the earth.The North Wind blew the frog people down the river in which they were fishing and froze them into stones.
So now all the Tsimshians and other people can fish and gather food.
Born in 1946 in Greenville, B.C., artist Roy Henry Vickers studied traditional art at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton. His father was a Tsimshian fisherman, his mother a teacher of British ancestry. Fond is he of his childhood days spent in the ancient Tsimshian village of Kitkatla. His art evokes the stylized tradition of his Native ancestry, yet it marries the abstraction of that tradition with the realism of European art. Vickers has participated in exhibitions at prestigious art shows in Canada and the United States. His has completed monumental works at the Vancouver International Airport and the Saanich Commonwealth Centre in Victoria. His work is included in the collections of royalty and presidents. Once a victim of substance abuse, in 1992 he initiated VisionQuest, a non-profit organization designed to help those with addictive personalities.
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