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U998.7.29
Artist / Maker : Thompson, Art ; Tsa Qwa Supp
Title : Twin Killer Whales
Date (Execution) : 1991/12/01
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 image. Black and sienna circles around image. Tan background. Whales on left side facing downwards. Right hand side facing upwards.
Accession # : U998.7.29
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 53.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "Kwaht-Yaht was (is) a mythical human being who was responsible for the irregularities as well as the normal. In one of his mischievous moments, Kwaht-Yaht decided that there would be two of everything born into this world. This was odd for the wolves, for they quite often were born six or more to a litter. Their population was eventually declining, so through negotiations the wolves were able to convince Kwaht-Yaht that having twins was not good for them. Wolves do not breed every year; they breed when their food source is plentiful. Through trial and error with all the animal species, Kwaht-Yaht eventually found that twins for some were not good and for others twins were sometimes not enough. The killer-whales found it difficult to have twins. The species that twins were at times beneficial to were the humans. Twins were often quite revered in their respective tribes. The shamans, or doctors, found that the usage of twins served well in the spiritual world. Kwaht-Yaht's altering the course of life proved to be confusing at the best of times so he decided to let things be. However there are still some families who continue to have twins, which is the result of his experiments. The intent of this set of serigraphs is to pay tribute to the families that have had twins and basically to acknowledge that the raising of twins is rather a difficult task that does not show immediate results but is quite rewarding once the twins are no longer in their baby form." - Art Thompson