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Northwind Returns

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Northwind Returns


Susan Point

Musqueam, Canadian, born 1951

Mountain Beaver Woman’s child, Stormwind, was raised by Northwind’s village and warned to stay away from the mountain. One day, he disobeyed and discovered the old woman, who told him the story of his mother. Troubled by the story, he stayed with his grandmother, who wove baskets, and prepared his revenge against Northwind. They filled the grandmother's basket with rain and poured many basketfuls down the mountain, flooding the valley, breaking Northwind’s ice weir, and sending it and him down the river into the sea (Puget Sound). Now, Northwind is permitted to visit Mountain Beaver Woman only a few months out of the year, announcing his return with the cold winter season.
24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8cm)
The Point Family, Musqueam, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Indigenous Matrix: Northwest Women Printmakers, June 15 - Dec. 11, 2022.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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