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U014.3.563
Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Hummingbirds and Killerwhale
Date (Execution) : 2009
Geographical Origin : Gitanmaax (Hazelton); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : First Nations print in formline design with black whale in centre jumping out of water surrounded by three red birds in the sky.
Accession # : U014.3.563
Width (cm) : 24.50
Height (cm) : 38.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "A young boy, of the Killer Whale Clan, became a man and was decorated with a new, adult Native name. He was to shed his baby name and become, 'One who stalks, like a Hummingbird.' He had been watched since birth to see what his best attributes were, and to see if he had qualities for Clan leadership. It was felt that his was the instinct to observe all from many angles, and therefore, he was given the name associated with the sight of a Hummingbird, one who flies and sees from all angles. He will keep this name until such time as the Clan (family) needs to change it to a higher ranking name or one of noble calling." - Robert Sebastian