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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Henry
Title : Salmon
Date (Execution) : 1981
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwagu'ł, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Salmon design, faces left, red scales, three parts inside tail, green face in formline
Accession # : U990.14.84
Width (cm) : 53.40
Height (cm) : 36.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : Salmon, along with other varieties of fish, have always been one of the most important sources of food to the Indian people of the Northwest Coast. To the Kwaguilth artists, salmon were also important as salmon eggs were used in the production of traditional paints. The importance of the salmon to the Kwaguilth people is also manifest in ceremonial life - the great coppers symbolizing the salmon and other elements basic to life; the use of ceremonial salmon masks and the mythical association between salmon and twine. Henry Hunt, in this most recent print "Salmon" has used traditional Kwaguilth colours of red, black, white and green and applied Kwaguilth design conventions depicting the salmon's marine origins indicated by scalloping to show the scales and gill slits. The distinctive tail shape depicting the salmon is also used. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)