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Artist / Maker : Thompson, Art ; Tsa Qwa Supp
Title : Kwaht-Yaht is Born
Date (Execution) : 1989
Geographical Origin : Whyac, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Cowichan, Nuu-chah-nulth, Ditidaht
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Circular design with a rainbow border with the image of a black and white raven in the centre perched upon an open clamshell with a red human figure climbing out of it.
Accession # : U014.3.633
Width (cm) : 55.50
Height (cm) : 58.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Kwaht-Yaht was one of the legendary heroes of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. This serigraph depicts the birth of this legendary being. In times gone by the world did not have human beings. There were only animals. The Raven was one of these animals that occupied the world before the humans arrived. He (the Raven) grew tired of his playmates and desired someone of a more superior intelligence. In his loneliness, Raven wandered onto the beach, then onto the rocks for a meal of mussels. Feeling more lonely as he ate by himself he started crying. He cried for a long time, until the mucous started running from his nose, then dripping into the mussel shells. One day at low-tide the mussel opened up and there was Kwaht-Yaht stretching and glad to be out of such a cramped situation. He is believed to be the start of the Nuu-chah-nulth people." - Art Thompson