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Artist / Maker : Wasden, William HiƂamas Edward Jr. (Wak'analagalis)
Title : Blackfish
Date (Execution) : n.d.
Geographical Origin : 'Yalis (Alert Bay); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : 'Namgis, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Dark blue starry sky, large grey moon with right eye visible, lined in red. Left eye obscured by the dorsal fin of an orca whale; two of which swim in green water at the bottom 2/3 of the work.
Accession # : U014.3.660
Width (cm) : 45.75
Height (cm) : 38.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Among our people, Killerwhales, or "Maxinuxw," are highly respected. They have social habits similar to humans and they were never hunted. It is believed that these whales have the power to heal. When a pod was sghted swimming by a village where there was sickness the people would go into the ocean and pray to the creator to take their sickness away. There are many stories of their benevolence. Once a family fell out of their canoe far from shore. They were circled by a pod of whales who pushed them to shore, saving their lives. The Killerwhale is one of my family crests." William Wasden