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Artist / Maker : Wilson, Joseph M.; Sxwaset
Title : Owl
Date (Execution) : 1994
Geographical Origin : Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Cowichan
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Owl, head at bottom of work, in silver, turquoise and burnt red.
Accession # : U014.3.691
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 38.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "A long time ago the Salish believed we all came from one big family, even all the animals that existed around us. Some believed that there were beings that also transformed from human to animal forms. This is why, before we hunted any kind of animal, we asked the creator for it, took only what we could use, and gave thanks for that animal (or fish) for sparing its life so we could eat. The owl depicted here, I see as a transformer, or spirit helper, because of the human face in the tail and hands. I made the great horned owl silver and blue to give it a mystical look along with the traditional black and red."