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The Frog People Fleeing from the Black Bear (1978)


  • Medium: serigraph
  • Size: 21.5 × 20.5 inches
  • Edition: 75
  • Reference Code: DY1978-02


This print illustrates the Haida legend which explains why there were no frogs on the Queen Charlotte Islands for many years. According to the legend, one day long ago, the chief of the Frog people was travelling from one pond to another when suddenly he encountered a huge black bear. It was the first time the Frog chief had ever seen such a creature and he was terrified. The bear, on the other hand, was unimpressed by the tiny frog, and decided to amuse himself by frightening it. He began to stomp around trying to step on the small frog, and it was only the quickness of the Frog chief that enabled him to hop off into the underbrush and escape with his life. Returning to his village, he called his people together and related the horrifying experience he had had. The people became frightened, fearing that the black bear would seek them out and destroy them. The Frog chief and his people decided that it would be safer for them if they left the islands.

The print shows a blue circle of frogs hurriedly trying to escape from the central image of the bear.

Don Yeomans

Don Yeomans


(1958- )

Don Yeomans is one of the most highly respected artists on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. He was born 1958 in Prince Rupert, B.C. of a Masset Haida father and a Metis mother from Slave Lake, Alberta.

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