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U014.3.381
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Trevor
Title : Thunderbird and Sculpin
Date (Execution) : 2009
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 beige background with black, green, red creature with a large bird headdress on its head and wings behind it holding a red, blue and black fish.
Accession # : U014.3.381
Width (cm) : 54.50
Height (cm) : 55.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The Kwaguilth people of Fort Rupert, B.C. have many legends to tell that have been passed down from generation to generation. There is the story of the Dzunukwa, wicked women who live in the woods who try to trick children into the woods by whistling to them, and then when they are caught they are eaten. The Frog is a messenger from the Animal Kingdom to the Underwater Kingdom. Some say they warn of coming warrior canoes, and that they help his people prepare for the battle to come. The Thunderbird itself is a mythical being which is a powerful and well respected creature. With its own dance in the Big House, it is considered a great honour to have this dance and crest handed down to you. Not to be taken lightly. I have depicted the Thunderbird as a mythical being in human form, to act as a pallet, from which our people see themselves when they are given these crests, to have as their own. It is as if the person who holds the honour of having the crest of the Thunderbird has in fact transformed into the creature itself. The Thunderbird is shown feasting on the abundance of food that our land has to offer. As flight is now part of his form, food will be plentiful for this man to have at his discretion. He can forage and bring back to his people readily. It is very important for our family to keep with our traditional forms of artwork so that the form can continue to be passed down. In its truest essence."