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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Calvin
Title : Legend of Queneesh
Date (Execution) : 1995
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 : Circular composition in beige, green, red and blue. Depicts a canoe on water with a creature in the canoe that has a rope in its teeth.
Accession # : U014.3.246
Width (cm) : 48.00
Height (cm) : 51.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Long ago there were big cedar planked houses, totem poles and canoes in the Comox Valley. The nights were very quiet except for sounds of sea birds, water and owls hooting. One night an old man Quoi Qwa Lak, had a dream. A voice told him that he must tell the chief and Comox People to prepare for a great flood. The chief called his people together to tell them to prepare for the flood. They built canoes and packed them with food and clothes.They young men took a strong cedar rope to the top of the glacier and tied the rope at the top. The people tied their canoes to the rope.It kept raining and raining until little of the glacier was above water. The people were afraid.All of a sudden the glacier began to move and the people cried 'White Whale! White Whale! Queneesh! Queneesh!' The glacier had taken the form of a whale.The people were saved. The rain stopped and Queneesh still stands guard over the Comox People. For traditional designing, the whale is done in black formlines. His white back represents the glacier." - C.H.