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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Eugene
Title : T-bird and Killerwhale
Date (Execution) : 2001
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 enclosed in a border comprised of detached lines in blue and black. Within the border is a blue, red and black bird on the back of a teal, red and black whale.
Accession # : U014.3.300
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 52.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : Thunderbird and Killer Whale are major crest figures for the Northwest Coast First Nations. The Thunderbird can be recognized by the curled horn on his head, which is characteristic of a supernatural creature. This formidable creature was capable of catching Killer Whales out of the sea with the use of his huge talons. Whale bones are reported to have been found on mountain tops. Among the Kwagulth, the Thunderbird is used in the dance of the tames hamat'sa and the Killer Whale is used in the Klasala, or Peace dance. In this design, Eugene Hunt has used the shape of a drum to contain these two impressive creatures. The rim design of the painted drum has been incorporated into the framing device for this print. (Statement provided by Pacific Editions)