Glooskap and the Fairy (for "Canadian Wonder Tales")

George Sheringham British
Related author Cyrus Macmillan Canadian
Related publisher John Lane Company, New York British and American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690

Sheringham created this illustration for a book of collected stories by Canadian academic and, later, politician Cyrus Macmillan, whose research into folklore and native storytelling began with his Harvard doctoral thesis, "The Folk Songs of Canada" (1909). Macmillan based his "Canadian Wonder Tales" on narratives recounted to him by First Nations peoples. This scene shows the "little man" paddling a canoe through stormy weather in a challenge posed to him by Glooskap—a mythological origin figure common among many Indigenous tribes of the northeast Atlantic coast.

Glooskap and the Fairy (for "Canadian Wonder Tales"), George Sheringham (British, London 1884–1937 London), Pen and ink, brush and wash, gouache (bodycolor), on colored paper

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