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U014.3.123
Artist / Maker : Cranmer, Kevin Daniel
Title : 'Namxxelagiyu
Date (Execution) : 2006
Geographical Origin : 'Yalis (Alert Bay); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : 'Namgis, Mamalilikala, Da̱ʼnaxdaʼx̱w, Ławitʼsis, Tlingit
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Central human figure, bear and other animals in Northwest coast formline.
Accession # : U014.3.123
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 53.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "This design represents one of the original ancestors of the 'Namgis. 'Namxxelagiyu inhabited the waters around the mouth of the river Gwani (Nimpkish River). After the great flood, 'Namxxelagiyu came out of the river Gwani and became the man 'Namukusto'lis. He began to build a house, but was unable to lift the heavy cedar beams by himself. A thunderbird flew down and perched on a large rock nearby. 'Namukusto'lis saw the bird and wished that it could help him. Because the thunderbird was also a supernatural creature, it knew the wish in 'Namukusto'lis' mind. The thunderbird lifted its bird face, revealing a human face underneath, saying, 'I will help you,' as it lifted the beams in its talons and put them into place. When the work was finished, the thunderbird assumed human form by removing his bird skin and throwing it into the air. As it flew away, he said, 'You will only cause thunder and lightening when one of the people in this place dies.' The design represents both the sea monster 'Namxxelagiyu, and the man he transformed into, 'Namukusto'lis." --Gilakasla, T'suxt'sa' esagame 'Tła 'Tła Gu 'Tłame Kevin Daniel Cranmer