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Artist / Maker : Goodwin, John ; Nytom
Title : Whales Up
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 : Circle with black and red border that has a mirrored image of animals in black, red and blue within it.
Accession # : U014.3.178
Width (cm) : 49.00
Height (cm) : 52.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Years ago, the five Tribes of Makahs or qidicca?atx (people of the cape), like their relatives to the north on Vancouver Island, enjoyed the spoils of whaling. My grandfather Roger Colfax, spoke his language. One day when I was young, he said to me, "In order for the crew in the canoe to know the exact possession of the whale, they had 23 different ways of saying 'Whale's up." Whaling, to the Tribes, was their main source of food and also an item of trade. Whale blubber cut into suitcase-size portions were worth a lot, because of their protein content." -J.G.