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U014.3.261
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Calvin
Title : Thunderbird and Killerwhale
Date (Execution) : 2000
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Thunderbird with wings outstretched in front of it and with a killer whale on its back. Large yellow beak on the bird. Green, black, red and yellow colour scheme.
Accession # : U014.3.261
Width (cm) : 56.00
Height (cm) : 51.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The Thunderbird is Calvin's main crest, handed down to him during the Hunt Potlatch in 1976. He received the prestigious right to this crest from his mother, Emma Hunt. The Thunderbird can be associated with the Killerwhale in Kwagiulth design. In Kwagiulth mythology the Thunderbird is considered to be the great Protector of Man and as the spirit that made wishes come true. By the flapping of his wings he creates thunder and from his eyes lightning flashed. Just by looking at his enemies he can turn them into stone. He was huge and powerful, able to catch and lift the Killerwhale. The Killerwhale was an important character in Kwagiulth mythology, usually as a clan ancestor associated with sea beings. It was also associated with coppers, property disposition and wealth." - Calvin & Marie Hunt