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Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : U Mata Ya
Date (Execution) : 1990
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w (Tsawataineuk), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black, white and gray image of wolfs in a circular design.
Accession # : U990.14.1198
Width (cm) : 66.20
Height (cm) : 55.90
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "U Mata Ya is the third print that I have designed from my family's Kawadelekala legend. This print depicts Kawadelekala and Kwalili. Kwalili was the younger brother of Kawadelekala. This print signifies the part in this legend where Kawadelekala and Kwalili are engaged in a fight and Kawadelekala has torn Kwalili apart in small pieces and with Kwalili's fur in his hands, Kawadelekala blows the fur upward to the sky and chanting "Ai, Ai, Ai, Ai", speaking in ancient Kwakwala language, saying "Wherever your pieces will fall, these will become nations among themselves, and within these nations they shall have and speak their own languages". My grandmother used to say that this is where the different races and cultures came from. The full circle print and the colours have significant personal meaning for me. The circle in which the two wolves flow signifies the continuous circle of life. The abstract moon with the Tao like symbol represents balance which I strive to continuously attain. The colours of my print together with my design to me, express peace not only on a personal level but on a universal level as well. The title of the print, 'U Mata Ya', means 'coming to a place of peacefulness within oneself''. Although this part of the legend could be seen as violent, I do not see it as such. For how I see it is with every loss of something or someone (such as Kwalili) comes a treasure or gift, like the nations, languages and cultures that resulted from his supernatural self." --F.D.