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U014.3.177
Artist / Maker : Goodwin, John ; Nytom
Title : Toosh Win Wis (Thunderbird)
Date (Execution) : 2004
Geographical Origin : Vancouver Island; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Nuu-chah-nulth, Makah
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Profile of a flying bird in yellow, blue, red and black.
Accession # : U014.3.177
Width (cm) : 43.00
Height (cm) : 45.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The Thunderbird is a clan crest to many families of the First Nations People who used to tell this story to their young people. When you hear the mountains thunder and see the lightning in the sky, a man from the village has gone to the mountain. There he dresses himself in his boots of talons and a coat of feathers. With his lightning snake belt he flies across the water searching for a whale. He finds his prey and sends his lightning snake to kill the whale. Picking up his prey in his talons, he carries the whale back to the village to feed the people. To-tooch-win-nis was one of the names that was given to me from Chief Jerry Jack's family. I honour their late brother by naming this print To-tooch-win-nis." - J.G.