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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Richard ; Gwe-la-yo-gwe-la-gya
Title : Animal Kingdom
Date (Execution) : 1992
Geographical Origin : 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 : Horizontal rectangular composition depicting a scene with a wolf, a bear, a beaver, an eagle, a raven, two killer whales, a tree with a face and a mythical water creature beneath the tree (the roots?). Blue water, green mountains and a white long house (with a face) in the background.
Accession # : U014.3.327
Width (cm) : 69.00
Height (cm) : 40.20
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : This print illustrates a traditional Kwagulth legend about the Animal Kingdom. "Our people use all of these animals when we dance. All the animals in this picture are heading toward the big house to dance. This is a story of our history, our wealth and our imagination." - R.H. Illustrated in this print are animals from the land, the sea & the sky as well as the supernatural. In this upper left corner is a wolf calling a grizzly bear from the cave of the Animal Kingdom, he has already called out the beaver. The tree, Cedar Man, watches as the Beaver bites him. Cedar Man becomes complex below the waters surface as his roots transform into an octopus, which in turn transforms into a supernatural frog. The figure is bound by a waistband of cedar bark rings. In the right hand corner Raven rides atop a killerwhale as another whale looks on. The Raven is Richard's family's main crest & killerwhales are considered to be the spirits of great chiefs. The Thunderbird is the headdress worn in the tamed Hamatsa, who is coming out of the great black hole in the sky. Once again, Richard has stretched the boundaries of formal Kwagulth design, producing a whimsical yet very complex print. (Statement provided by Pacific Editions)