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U998.7.56
Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Maya Xa La
Date (Execution) : 1991/08/01
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w (Tsawataineuk), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black background. Wolf on left, eagle on right. Women sitting on bed box with head down. Colours are brown, red and white.
Accession # : U998.7.56
Width (cm) : 56.00
Height (cm) : 43.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : Maya xa la is a Kwakwala word meaning 'to honour'. This print is a self portrait of Fran at the age of about eleven. She sits on a bentwood box grieving for her mother who died four years earlier; however she is surrounded with strength from her spiritual guides -Kwawdelekala the wolf on her left and the eagle representing the soul of her brother Jesse on the right. The small black face next to the wolf represents the human world. Since moving from Alert Bay to Victoria Fran has been involved in a personal process of self discovery. She believes each individual has the child within and is acknowledging her own childhood with this print. The earthy tones used are grounding colours which reflect Fran's stance from where she looks at her background while working toward her future. (statement provided by Pacific Editions)