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Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Kwi'kw
Date (Execution) : 2001
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. Black background with a blue and white circular design. The perimeter of the circle is not uniform (there are gaps).
Accession # : U014.3.148
Width (cm) : 46.50
Height (cm) : 43.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "In the Kwakwala language the eagle is known as Kwikw. To me it is a symbol of strength and freedom. In a part of our ceremonies, during the Peace Dance, eagle down is put on top of the frontlets worn by the dancers. As they move their heads, eagle down falls from the head pieces, into the air, and floats gently to the floor of the big house before them. This is to honor the guests who have come to witness a ceremony, a wish of good will and peace in their journey home. The eagle is honored with respect, its spirit held in high regard. There is an element of sacredness and power that is a part of the existence of such a majestic bird. In many of my paintings I have depicted the eagle. It is a memory I have of the day my family buried my youngest brother in 1986. As I sang a song I looked up to the sky and as my brother's casket was lowered into the ground and eagle flew above us. I saw that as a symbol, a transition of life, into another realm of existence, that, somewhere in my soul, gave me comfort." --Francis Dick