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Artist / Maker : Paul, Tim
Title : Qwa-Ya
Date (Execution) : 1998
Geographical Origin : Zeballos; Vancouver Island; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Nuu-chah-nulth, Hesquiaht
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : This first nations print depicts a wolf or some type of wild dog in black and white on a teal (blue-green) background. The subject is to the right of the centre of the print. Directly to the left of it is its silhouette. The background contains off-white shapes suggestive of tree branches and leaves. Over top these off-white shapes are small dark blue dots arranged randomly on the surface of the print.
Accession # : E000.2.2
Width (cm) : 49.50
Height (cm) : 36.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit :
Artist Statement : "Qwa-y-ciik (the wolf) is an animal well respected and revered by the Ehattesaht/Hesquiaht people, for the wolf spirit is both powerful and protective. The guardian aspect of the wolf spirit watches, protects, and guides the people. Some of this spirit of the wolf is found in the dog. This makes the role of 'companion' that the dog has with humans a very important one because it allows the guardian spirit of the wolf to be with people at all times. The dog also has its own unique and powerful spirit. A special power of the dog is that it may to go 'Hilcucis' (the great beyond). In this image, Tim Paul portrays the dog spirit as a shadow which moves through the brightly lit doorway of the 'other dimension' (or spirit world) into this world, where people live. In this world of dark green forests, the spirit is recognized by people as a dog. Tim pays tribute to a special dog companion of his own family (the beloved qwa-ya or 'wolfie') by depicting the dog as a powerful with animal offset by a strikingly beautiful black design. Many cultures around the world view the dog and it's spirit in a special, often similar way, making this image a particularly appropriate commemorative of the 1st ICAS Symposium on the Domestic Dog, a special academic session of the 8th Congress of the International Council for Archaeozoology (1998)." Statement provided by Vincent Rickard, Pacific Editions.