Drawing Item Number: Nb3.1423 from the MOA: University of British Columbia
Crayon drawing of a wide, heart-shaped, frontal head with a thin neck at the bottom. Black oval eyes with circle in circle centres, a black triangular nose, and black eyebrows. Red for the ears, cheek patches, nostrils, and upper lip. Teeth are black. Hair is a short, crew-cut style in black with red patches. Face is filled in with black crayon. Drawing is on a horizontally rectangular, white paper piece glued to a black cardboard with the same orientation. Covered with clear plastic.
From a collection of Northwest Coast inspired artwork produced by First Nations children at the Alert Bay Residential School during the 1968 to 1969 school year. The works were also part of an exhibition of student drawings, displayed at the Charles Sanderson Library in Toronto during 1970. They were also featured briefly by one of the local television stations. Residential schools were operated by religious organizations and followed the regular provincial curriculum. The Alert Bay Residential School was operated by the Anglican Church of Canada. According to the Van Drielens, art was discouraged at the School because 'they couldn't make a living at it'.