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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Tom ; Waławidi
Title : Salmon Moon
Date (Execution) : 2007
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwagu'ł, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : serigraph
Support / Technique : paper; screen print
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Blue, green and red moon face with four red and black salmon surrounding it and a border that is double layered. First layer is blue and green and the second is red and black. White background.
Accession # : U014.3.371
Width (cm) : 63.50
Height (cm) : 55.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : The life source, the provider of food for all animals and humans, treated with high regard, the salmon is a symbol of fertility, immortality and wealth. The great abundance of the salmon allowed the culture of the northwest coast to flourish. Masks of the full moon and crescent moons argue comically in whistle voices and pantomime, over which moon brings the greater run of eulachon to the mainland rivers. Eulachon live in the lower sloughs and channels. The fish are aided in their ascent of river currants by the rising rides at the apexes of the lunar cycle. The two masks represent each of these extremes, and their performance is generally full of pomp and mock seriousness, as if to make fun of opinionated humans. (Excerpt from "The Spirit Within" edited by Stephen Brown. Provided by Pacific Editions)