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U014.3.309
Artist / Maker : Hunt, George Jr.
Title : Stone Man
Date (Execution) : 1986
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwagu'ł, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Circular composition with three people on a red canoe, teal/green water, black and grey mountains and sun/moon in the sky.
Accession # : U014.3.309
Width (cm) : 48.50
Height (cm) : 51.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "'Stone Man' was also called 'Stone Ribs'; he was a chief and a warrior. He owned a magic belt which he wore. It was in the shape of a double headed serpent - a Sisiutl. When he took his belt off, he could unfold it and it would turn into a canoe in the shape of a Sisiutl. Stone man got involved in a battle with people from another village from another band. The village was in an inlet. While he was fighting with these people he was trying to escape, so he took off his belt and folded it into a canoe. Stone Man also owned a necklace; a stone charm. When he and his men climbed into the canoe, he threw the charm in the water behind him. It turned into a huge rock which blocked the inlet. The other thing about the canoe is that it didn't have to be paddled. It was self propelled. Because of these two things, the men could escape their enemies. The Sisiutl crest is always associated with these warriors. You see it on war canoes, spears and so on. It has the power to turn objects to stone. To have been a Sisiutl and survive it was considered to be great bravery. It brought great wealth and power. So that's the legend of 'Stone Man' although there is more to it than that." - The legend of Stone Man as narrated by Chief Thomas Hunt.