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U990.14.162
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Richard ; Gwe-la-yo-gwe-la-gya
Title : Kwa-Gulth Pole Design
Date (Execution) : 1988
Geographical Origin : Fort Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black, red, green and yellow design of a totem pole. Beaver at bottom, man at center with a sun head, and bird creature at top with wings outstretched.
Accession # : U990.14.162
Width (cm) : 40.50
Height (cm) : 64.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : This print depicts a pole which Richard carved for Expo in '88 in Brisbane, Australia. The upper figure on the pole is a representation of the Kolus. This giant mythical bird is conceived as a young, immature Thunderbird, or as the younger brother of the Thunderbird. Both the Kolus and the Thunderbird possess enormous supernatural power. The Kolus is one of the crests of the Hunt family and is intended to represent the artist here. The middle figure on the pole depicts the Sun. The Sun is shown holding a copper, a traditional unit of wealth which plays an important role in the potlatches of the Kwa-Gulth people. The lowest figure on the pole represents a Beaver. The Beaver appears in the Dance of the Animal Kingdom, a dance which belonged to Richard's grandfather, Mungo Martin. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)