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Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Kawakelekala's House
Date (Execution) : 1994/08/01
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w (Tsawataineuk), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : White border, black background with blue in sky. Grey moon. Three wolf heads, with two hands upright. Grey and white design.
Accession # : U998.7.59
Width (cm) : 50.50
Height (cm) : 36.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "The dance screen that is used in the House of Kawadelekala is a thin veil that separates the human world from the supernatural world. The dancers form this house come out from behind the screen turning left onto the dirt floor to enter the world of the spirits, dancing sacred dances around sacred fires. In the magic of the night you see a screen with an image of a sisiutl (a double-headed serpent) which represents the first live house beams and canoe belonging to Kawadelekala. The wolf in the print represents Kawadelekala (the first wolf of Kingcome Inlet which my family are direct descendants of). The star signifies to me the magic that has and will always connect my family to Kawadelekala no matter what is said or done to discourage this reality. To walk behind the dance screen exists generations of the Dick family and the treasures passed down form the beginning of time. This print is dedicated to my family who will forever live in the house of Kawadelekala. In spite of living in new days and new ways, we have a common thread that connects us all, and this I honour." -- F.D.