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U998.7.57
Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Makwala
Date (Execution) : 1991/10/01
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w (Tsawataineuk), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Print; Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Dark green background. Light green design with white and some black , dark green and red. Circle design- face in the middle - tongue hanging out of the circle.
Accession # : U998.7.57
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 : Makwala is the Kwakwala word for moon. In this design Fran has encircled the moon with a sisiutl, or double headed serpent. The central face of the sisiutl is a self portrait with each of its heads representing good and evil, or balance, which is something Fran strives for in her daily life. Fran feels an affinity with the moon possibly, she suspects, because she is from the Wolf clan. The sisiutl is fitting as well because Kawadelekala (one of the first wolves of Kingcome Inlet) was said to have had live sisiutls for housebeams. (statement provided by Pacific Editions)