Taku (1972)

AKA Little Bird and Sun


Dale DeArmond

Edition of 28

Unknown proofs were produced

Print size: 8 ½" x 11 ¾"

Image size: 6 ¾" x 7"

Note: unlike most illustrations from  Juneau: A Book of Woodcuts, it was not offered for purchase – most likely because, in this case, it had already been previously editioned. This print was created from one woodblock. DeArmond would ink both images at the same time – using different colors – then pull the print. This is unlike how she traditionally created multi-colored prints, which would typically use a separate block for each color.

Also pictured: the original carved woodblock.

The only way to get back and forth between the two towns was by ferry boat. The ride in the little ferry was a pleasant expedition in summer but in winter with the Taku wind blowing and ice building up it was an adventure to go from Juneau to Douglas or back, often a very uncomfortable adventure.