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U998.7.103
Artist / Maker : Thompson, Art ; Tsa Qwa Supp
Title : Untitled (Female Thunderbird and Frog)
Date (Execution) : 1995/02/09
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 : Four lines in a circle surrounding design - in blue green, yellow,orange red. Green frog at bottom. Orange bird at top.
Accession # : U998.7.103
Width (cm) : 66.00
Height (cm) : 68.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This print is a very personal statement. In the print I have a female Thunderbird; in the wing and the body cavity of the Thunderbird are two smaller female Thunderbirds, also a large frog. The larger Thunderbird is a representation of my wife; the oval in the lower lip of the Thunderbird indicates a labret, a practice often reserved for nobility. In the oval element of the wing there is an immature Thunderbird, once again female -- a representation of our nineteen year old daughter. This daughter is immature in a sense that she does not have a complete body for it is hidden under the protective embrace of her mother. She is an adult but she loves the comfort of the family, so her mother still protects her, gives advice, love and affection thus she is close. She will at one point in her life venture out on her own, but all in good time. In the body cavity of the mother Thunderbird there is a representation of another female Thunderbird, much smaller but more complete, her completeness suggests her innocence, being more open as any child would be an considerably more active. But what is noticeable is the fact they are still very close to our embrace, should they still need to security and love of family. The Frog underneath the female Thunderbird is a representation of myself, for the frogs have been close to the 'Oosh-tuc-you' (tribal shaman). This representation is suggesting the fact I was close to my late Grandmother. She was noted for her ability to utilize nature to its fullest potential as well as having the ability to participate in other ceremonial activities. With my representation as a frog suggests that I have instilled in me prerogatives belonging to my family thus giving me the undeniable abilities to perform certain ceremonial prerogatives. I am very fond of these representations depicting myself and my family. I do have a very large family, and perhaps were will be future editions released on this subject." - Art Thompson