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U990.14.106
Artist / Maker : Hunt, George Jr.
Title : The Bookwus Arising
Date (Execution) : 1989
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwagu'ł, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Mostly blue hued image of small human creature coming out of a shell on the beach
Accession # : U990.14.106
Width (cm) : 48.30
Height (cm) : 58.80
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "The Bookwus, also known as 'Cocklehunter', is more commonly described in English as the 'Wild Man of the Woods'. Bookwus is a diminutive fellow, the size of a leprechaun, but he is able to leap through the air with great bounds. He dwells deep within the forest and likes to creep down to the beach where he digs for cockles, his favourite food. He is very shy, always peering over his shoulder to make certain he isn't being watched." - George Hunter Jr. In this print George has portrayed the Bookwus emerging from his hiding place, alerted (by the rising moon) that it is safe to come out. (Statement provided by Pacific Editions)