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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Richard ; Gwe-la-yo-gwe-la-gya
Title : Kwa-Gulth Hawkman
Date (Execution) : 1980
Geographical Origin : Fort Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Red and black design of a hawkman crouching with his arms/wings outstretched and his head looking right.
Accession # : U990.14.148
Width (cm) : 61.00
Height (cm) : 48.30
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : There are four main dancing societies among the Kwakiutl. One of these groups, Dluwalakha, frequently represents the elements of nature that are particular to a family crest myth. For example, the sun, the moon and the animals and birds. The dancers' wear very elaborate masks and their costumes are often of fur, feathers and shredded cedar bark to give realistic quality of the being they portray. This design depicts a figure of a man portrayed in a ceremonial dance in the costume of a hawk. His wings are outstretched and the profuse cross-hatching here differentiates between an an actual bird and the costumed Kwakuitl dancer. The hawk has a beak that is curved back to the lips and is frequently represented as a mask worn by chiefs. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)