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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Calvin
Title : False Whale Pole
Date (Execution) : 1990
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Totem design in red, green, black and white colour scheme. Bird on top, looking down, person in the centre facing up and holding a spear.
Accession # : U014.3.244
Width (cm) : 21.50
Height (cm) : 48.20
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "One day a Thunderbird and a man had a dispute over a game of La Hal. The Thunderbird was cheating. This was witnessed by all of the legendary Kwagiulth animals such as the bear, raven and sea monster. So the man, in order to take revenge, built a whale out of wood and covered it with pitch and hiding inside pushed it out to sea. Thunderbird attacked and got stuck to the false whale whereupon the man harpooned the bird." - C.H.