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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Richard ; Gwe-la-yo-gwe-la-gya
Title : Hamatsa Dance Screen
Date (Execution) : 1989
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 and red design of a dance screen. Squatting human figure in the center with a large bird on either side grabbing onto a hoop in the center.
Accession # : U990.14.166
Width (cm) : 76.00
Height (cm) : 44.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This design was taken from an 8' x 12' dance screen commissioned by the National Museum in Ottawa. Visitors will look through holes drilled in the screen to a colourful mask display on the other side. The main design on this print represents the Hamatsa, the highest ranked of the Kwa-Gulth dances, which I own two times over. The circle is a Hamatsa neck ring. The regalia worn is cedar bark which is indicative of the Hamtasa. Also featured are the Ravens, which is the main crest of the Hunt family." -R.H.