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Artist / Maker : Wasden, William HiƂamas Edward Jr. (Wak'analagalis)
Title : Bee
Date (Execution) : 2000
Geographical Origin : 'Yalis (Alert Bay); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : 'Namgis, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : First Nations formline design of bee in yellow and black on white paper.
Accession # : U014.3.679
Width (cm) : 27.75
Height (cm) : 35.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Our people have always respected the warrior insect Hamdzalat'si, the bumblebee, for reasons quite clear. The sense of family and community and the unmatched flight, no matter the size. I haven't designed a bee for mny years, but after talking with one of my great teachers, hereditary chief Peter Cook, and wife, Irene, I learned that the wonderful dance of the bumblebee had been transferred to him for dowry from his beautiful wife. The prerogative belonged to her family and came from their ancient history, to be carried into marriage, displaying their wealth in culture, to her groom. I love Pete and Irene very much and can never repay their teachings and love; this print is dedicated to them and their giving family, displaying a rite that reflects their beauty and tradition. Gilakas'la Li t axial."