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U997.1.2
Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : The Dragon
Date (Execution) : 1996
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w (Tsawataineuk), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Print; Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Print with central motif of coiled dragon in blue, purple, magenta, green and gold on charcoal background.
Accession # : U997.1.2
Width (cm) : 46.00
Height (cm) : 61.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : University of Victoria Acquisition Fund
Artist Statement : "December of last year I was invited to travel to Beijing with a group of Coast Salish dancers and artists from Duncan; I was the only Kwakwakw'wakw member traveling with them, I in turn invited my best friend, and there in Beijing we visited for over two weeks. We lived in a beautiful hotel that was like a small city. Each day we would demonstrate our particular media of art, and engage in conversations with interested individuals. The Coast Salish dancers preformed twice a day, and two carvers, worked on a totem pole that was to be left behind. Our first outing was to the forbidden city. To be inside the city experiencing its greatness, to me, was truly indescribable. There we stood within its magnificence, awestruck! Each day was new and wondrous experience; the art, theater, and monuments are breathtaking. The street markets were fun, so many beautiful items of clothing, of every type being sold, particularly silk. The most memorable and moving experience on a deep deep level for me was our excursion to the great wall of China. We arrived at the base of the great wall and were greeted by women who chose to be our guides. Each person had their own guide; these women were much older than ourselves, but they could climb the wall with such ease. I left the group, and moved on ahead I would climb up to one tower and then the next tower would be higher, I cannot recall how many towers I climbed, but there were many. I would stop to look over the incredible vastness of the rolling mountains and the great wall built upon them, there was no end to be seen, it was humbling and I felt honored that I could travel upon such ancientness. My dragon design is what I have created to honour the people of Beijing, the company with whom I traveled and my experience while visiting. Everywhere we went the symbol of the dragon was depicted, symbolizing prosperity and good health, warding off the devil's attack of fire; two dragons carved in marble at the summer palace symbolize dignity for the imperial family. I have taken my forms of design which have been part of my culture for generations, and crested a symbol from another culture, marking an important event in my experience of an ancient culture." -- F.D.