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U014.3.357
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Tom ; Waławidi
Title : Kwagulth Thunderbird-Sun
Date (Execution) : 1991
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 : Red, yellow, black and white figure with wings outstretched and head of a sun with a face.
Accession # : U014.3.357
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 48.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : Charlie James (1938) was the stepfather and teacher of Mungo Martin. Mungo was the teacher of Henry & Tony Hunt and they in turn taught the next generation of the Hunt family members. This design is a study of a painted panel done by Charlie James in the 1920's. It shows the Thunderbird as the sun, in other words the Thunderbird with his bird body but a sun face with rays around it. His transformation ability is also shown with the second bird face on his chest. The use of the yellow also shows the association with the sun figure. The original painting was a painted singing drum with a carved drum stick. (Statement provided by Pacific Editions)