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U014.3.136
Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Kawadelekala's House
Date (Execution) : 1994
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 : First Nations formline technique. Rectangular design with four animal characters inside in white and grey, on black and blue background with a landscape night scene of forest and cloudy sky with moon.
Accession # : U014.3.136
Width (cm) : 46.00
Height (cm) : 31.75
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The dance screen that is used in the House of Kawadelekala is a thin veil that separates the human world from the supernatural world. The dancers from this house come out from behind the screen turning left onto the dirt floor to enter the world of the spirits, dancing sacred dances around sacred fires. In the magic of the night you see a screen with an image of a sisiutl (a double-headed serpent) which represents the first live house beams and canoe belonging to Kawadelekala. The wolf in the print represents Kawadelekala (the first wolf of Kingcome Inlet which my family are direct descendants of). The star signifies to me the magic that has and will always connect my family to Kawadelekala no matter what is said or done to discourage this reality. Behind the dance screen exists generations of the Dick family and the treasures passed down form the beginning of time. This print is dedicated to my family who will forever live in the house of Kawadelekala. In spite of living in new days and new ways, we have a common thread that connects us all, and this I honour." -- F.D.