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U014.3.274
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Calvin
Title : Eulachon
Date (Execution) : 2004
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 : Grey fish facing toward the left.
Accession # : U014.3.274
Width (cm) : 61.00
Height (cm) : 25.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The Oolie (Thaleichthys pacificus) or 'candlefish' (because of its high oil content) is a small anadromous marine fish, highly prized along the Pacific Northwest Coast. The fish was either eaten fresh or smoked for future use. The oil derived from the eulachon is called T'lina (gleetna), an important food staple, as well as a vital part of the aboriginal economy - it was a valuable trade item used to barter along the 'grease trails' throughout the northwest. T'lina is a symbol of cultural wealth and a significant part of First Nations heritage. Habitat loss and commercial over-fishing has rendered a sharp decline in the eulachon." - Calvin Hunt