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U990.14.196
Artist / Maker : Dick, Beau ; Walas Gwayum
Title : Ga ak Sto Lis
Date (Execution) : 1986
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black, red, yellow, green and brown intricate circular design with a large masked face in the center and two serpents forming a circle around it. One large head with teeth bared at bottom center and two serpent heads meeting at top center. Image set against black circular background.
Accession # : U990.14.196
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 48.20
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : This is a print of a ten foot wide transformation mask that Beau carved for the Canadian Pavillion at Expo 86. The main figures are a man and a sisiutl. The central figure is a man named Ga ak sto lis (Breakfast). This design represents a story in which this man is trapped by a Sisiutl, a supernatural double-headed serpent and symbol of power for the Kwakiutl people. (Open Pacific Graphics)