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U990.14.224
Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Kawadelakala
Date (Execution) : 1986
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w (Tsawataineuk), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black design of an animal sitting with two heads.
Accession # : U990.14.224
Width (cm) : 0.00
Height (cm) : 0.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "I designed this print as my Tribute for my late grandmother known otherwise as Anitsa. Also, the completion of my print is in the honor of my late brother Jesse who was and will remain to be a great inspiration in my work, for we are bonded in ever lasting love. My grandmother taught me who she was and where we connect with different tribes and people. I chose to do this part of my grandmother which is Kawadelekala. We made aware to her family our ways, which have been passed on from our ancestors and great Chiefs, that Anitsa was the daughter of Kawadelekala, the root of the Kingcome people, and my family are direct descendants of the Kawadelekala family. So I will give a very brief story of the beginning of the Dzawada'enuxw Creation Legend. In the beginning of the Creation of Gwayi a large wolf by the name of Galalałite' came out of the top end of Gwayi (Kingcome) and from this wolf came Kawadelekala who is the first wolf and main wolf in this print. And his tongue shapes out into a hand, which is the sign of man, which Kawadelekala becomes. The second wolf is the younger brother, Kwalili, who sits at the rear of Kawadelekala. Then comes the female, who's name is Hayałilegas, who is set in the shoulders of Kawadelekala. Finally comes Na'nola'kw, anoter brother who sits at the opposite of Kawadelekala's head. This print is only the beginning of a long legend. In the circle of the tail of Kawadelekala is the moon. The face of the moon then represents my grandmother who is connected safely inside Kawadelekala, her father, in the way given by our creator, and her place in our world and the world beyond." - maxwa' loagwa (Francis Dick)