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U014.3.670
Artist / Maker : Wasden, William HiƂamas Edward Jr. (Wak'analagalis)
Title : Babakwa
Date (Execution) : 1998
Geographical Origin : 'Yalis (Alert Bay); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : 'Namgis, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Silhouette of a figure in a canoe in front of a sunset style background (bright yellow and red); same image is mirrored below; along top and bottom of image are rectangular images of faces with blue and yellow eyes.
Accession # : U014.3.670
Width (cm) : 56.00
Height (cm) : 70.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The print is named Babk'wa which is the word for 'warrior' in our Kwak'wala language. The design portrays a warrior's return from a journey in which a vision was sought. The warrior stands proud as he looks into the heavens reflecting on what he has accomplished and giving thanks to the Creator for his blessings. The inspiration for this painting came from a picture of my Great-grandfather Stanely Hunt who starred as 'Motana' the lead male in the 1912 Edward Curtis film 'In the Land of the War Canoes' and originally titled 'In the Land of the Head Hunters.' My Great-gandfather Stanley was a exceptionally strong man who did many memorable things during his lifetime, as I have been told by the elders who have shared stories with me. He was a renowned dancer and composer/singer in our Kwakwaka'wakw culture. The border designs are Chilkat weaving patterns that signify faces of male and female ancestors. The males are distinguished by the blue eye bands and spruce root hats crowning their heads and as the females have yellow eye bands and lip-plugs called librettos, these are characteristics that symbolize nobility. The Chilkat Dance Blanket is a privilege our Hunt family owns, inherited from our Tlinget grandmother Mary Ebbetts, from Tongass Alaska. She was a skilled weaver and wove throughout her lifetime. I am proud to say I am a 6th generation descendent from A'nisalaga, Mary Ebbetts. I would also like to acknowledge Donna Cranmer another descendant who has dedicated her life to the fine art of Chilkat weaving, learning from our Tlingit sisters from Alaska."