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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Calvin
Title : False Whale Pole
Date (Execution) : 1990
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); 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 and green design of a totem pole. One face at bottom with a whale upside above. Human figure holding onto the back right side of the whale's body holding a spear. Large bird perched on top of pole.
Accession # : U990.14.213
Width (cm) : 21.50
Height (cm) : 48.30
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "One day a Thunderbird and a man had a dispute over a game of La Hal. The Thunderbird was cheating. This was witnessed by all of the legendary Kwagiulth animals such as the bear, raven and sea monster. So the man, in order to take revenge, built a whale out of wood and covered it with pitch and hiding inside pushed it out to sea. Thunderbird attacked and got stuck to the false whale whereupon the man harpooned the bird." - C.H.