Coming of the Light
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Limited Edition Linocut (ed.20)
30 x 30 cm

Artist: Ellarose Savage

In 1871 The Light reaches Darnley Island. That was when the people were presented with the gospel instead of bows and arrows. This print shows the native people in their canoes going out to greet the missionaries on the ‘Surprise’. The skin of the drum is centrally located behind the church to represent the voice of the gospel as it spreads through the community. Today nobody lives in grass huts or uses canoes as they did then but the people of Erub celebrate the coming of the Light every July 1 with prayer, dancing and feasting.

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