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U014.3.673
Artist / Maker : Wasden, William HiƂamas Edward Jr. (Wak'analagalis)
Title : Mosquito
Date (Execution) : 1999
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 : First Nations formline design of mosquito in profile facing right in colours red, green and black.
Accession # : U014.3.673
Width (cm) : 38.00
Height (cm) : 25.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "In the River's Inlet Tribe the legend tells of four brothers of a powerful chief who were able to kill the great, cannibal spirit from the North-End-of-the-World, BAXWBAKWALANUXSIWE'. In doing so they were bestowed with the first Hamat'sa (cannibal) dance. The father of the young men, after burning the cannibal, blew into the ashes of the fire and announced that they would transform into the biting insects of the world, mainly the mosquito. The mosquito, craving human blood, is our reminder that the cannibal's spirit is alive and will always be around to possess new initiates who would be initiated into the powerful Hamat'sa society."