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U998.7.33
Artist / Maker : Thompson, Art ; Tsa Qwa Supp
Title : Untitled (Drum Design)
Date (Execution) : 1992/12/01
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 picture. Black and green circles around picture. Figures: thunderbird, whale, lightning snake, wolf and human
Accession # : U998.7.33
Width (cm) : 50.50
Height (cm) : 53.50
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 in honour of those families from the Nuu-chah-nulth area that had a member who would partake in the whale hunt. Every member who would participate in the whale hunt would have a very specific job to do. These positions would be passed on to their oldest sons, so the inherent rights to these positions would still be known today. The particular position that this print refers to is the one that would sew the whale's mouth shut, so that at the time of death the mouth does not fall open and allow the water into the whale's carcass. Should the mouth not be sewn the whale's mouth might open; the whale would take on water and sink. The human figure to the right is the one that is in the act of sewing the whale's mouth, all of the other surrounding figures could be considered some of his perogatives." - Art Thompson