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U998.7.55
Artist / Maker : Dick, Beau ; Walas Gwayum
Title : Nahanagilas
Date (Execution) : 1993/08/01
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : White background. Man in middle with hands up. Two heads face each other with tongues joining just above man. Another face below man. The colours are black, brown, red, orange, and green.
Accession # : U998.7.55
Width (cm) : 64.00
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 : "Nahanagilas as a hunter who gained great powers by subduing Sisiutl, the supernatural double-headed serpent. His new power scared the people of his village and in their fear they murdered him. Much to the astonishment of his brethren, Nahanagilas came back to life. Now the people were very afraid. They killed him again and chopped his body into hundreds of little pieces; they buried these pieces in the roots of trees from Alaska to Mexico. Again, Nahanagilas came back to life as his body became whole he transformed into a Sisiutl and swam out to sea. It is said that Naganagilas will surely come back again. He now comes to is in the form of quartz crystal which our people call Hy-ulp." -B.Dick This print is a strong traditional design in the 'old Alert Bay style'. The vivid colours are reminiscent of early uses of European paint by the Kwakwaka'wakw people in the 1800s. (statement provided by Pacific Editions)