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Artist / Maker : Wasden, William HiƂamas Edward Jr. (Wak'analagalis)
Title : Dragonfly
Date (Execution) : 2000
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 : First Nations formline design of dragonfly in blue and black on white paper.
Accession # : U014.3.678
Width (cm) : 28.00
Height (cm) : 35.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "There aren't many stories referring to the dragonfly in our culture. However, I do know that they are considered messengers in the insect kingdom. I know of only one dance privilege that portrays this handsome creature, an insect kingdom dance owned by some relatives of mine. During my travels last summer I had the opportunity to travel our traditional territories from one end to the other; it was then that I was visited by a beautiful cobalt blue and black dragonfly, which we call Mamak'wa in our language. Since that day I have been inspired to paint a box design and a hand drum with this awesome winged being, and this print to mark the occasion of one memorable summer."