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U990.14.194
Artist / Maker : Dick, Beau ; Walas Gwayum
Title : Sisiutl
Date (Execution) : 1981
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); 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, yellow, brown and black design of an twin serpentine animal figure. One large head with tongue out in center and two heads on right and left.
Accession # : U990.14.194
Width (cm) : 68.40
Height (cm) : 29.40
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : The Sisiutl is one of the most frequently depicted supernatural figures of Kwakiutl mythology. Its powers of death and revival made it central to themes of warrior power and strength. Methodologically, the Sisiutl guarded the house of the sky people. Ceremonially, it as associated with the war dancer. Used on the headband, belt and bow of the warrior, the Sisiutl is believed to come to his commands. The powers of the Sisiutl are awesome: it can swiftly propel itself through the water; its glare can cause a man to die; its blood, rubbed on the body of a warrior makes him invulnerable. Beau has depicted the Sisiutl in traditional form: a double-headed sea serpent at who's center is the face of man with supernatural horns which are repeated on each serpent head. (statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)