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Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Eagle's Freedom
Date (Execution) : 2004
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. Blue eagle with face and hands on its abdomen within a orange circle on a black background. Two human faces on the top edges of the circle.
Accession # : U014.3.154
Width (cm) : 51.25
Height (cm) : 46.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Eagles Freedom is a drum design I was commissioned to create. The woman who commissioned the design allotted me artistic license to create whatever I desire. I did not meet her; all I knew was she took time to study my previous work and she wanted the drum to use. I decided to do a transformation piece. The overall design is an eagle rising, in the body is a face which represents a human being able to transform back and forth. In the wings of the eagle are lightning snakes, also possessing the ability to transform. The top of the design are faces of women. On the left a woman has a tear on her cheek; this symbolizes the joys and sorrows she experiences. The face on the right shows her breath, signifying the breath of life. Over all this piece is about life ever-chaining in movement, energy and Freedom." --Francis Dick