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The Land of the Chartreuse Moose: The Life and Legacy of Ted Harrison

This screening took place on
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 4:29pm
Yukon Arts Centre

When Jack London came to the Yukon in search of gold in 1893, he found a land raw and inhospitable, where, as he wrote “man is the sole speck of life in a frozen ghostly waste”. Just 60 years later an art teacher from northern England came to the Yukon, but what he found was a land of abundance and beauty, the Source for the Aboriginal people who’d inhabited it for thousands of years. Through his art and understanding of the rhythms of the land, he would become one of Canada’s most popular artists, transforming the way the world would see the North.

Narrated by CBC Sunday Morning’s Michael Enright, and including interviews with Robert Bateman and Harrison at his Victoria home, we come to understand just why Harrison’s work has become the visual shorthand of the Yukon in the minds of many Canadians. Closer to home, though, Ted Harrison opened doors and minds of Yukon school kids and is much revered for the encouragement and inspiration he brought to a generation of Carcross people, and many young artists.

Q&A with director following the screening.

  • Directed by Monty Bassett
  • 2012, British Columbia
  • 52 minutes

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