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U990.14.225
Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : K'alalilam
Date (Execution) : 1987
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 : Blue circular design with two triangular points at left and right. In the center of the circle is a gray and black design of an animal's face. On right hand point there are silhouettes of trees with a moon. Figure of a eagle flying above left of design.
Accession # : U990.14.225
Width (cm) : 55.10
Height (cm) : 37.70
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "The name of my second print is 'Kałaliłam' which translated in English literally means to 'shake off'. Kałaliła is the last song sung after the mourning songs at the beginning of the potlatch. The mourning songs are sung for loved ones who have passed on and Kałaliła is symbolically ' shaking away' our grief to begin our new life, just as the ones we are singing for have journeyed off to begin their new life. This print is my tribute to Jesse and his freedom; he used to speak of flying away. This eagle is how I envisioned my brother Adam Jesse's transition from this life to another. When looking at the print you can see a whole face but on the right side is a human face which represents my brother Jesse, from the right the face gradually transforms into an eagle's head. Outside the circle (which represent the circle of life) coming from the right of the print is an eagle which then represents Jesse's final release from this world. I put the trees in the eye because of what Jesse once said to me: 'A tree is definately scared; if a tree could talk it could tell you a lot of things about the secrets and mysteries of life and even beyond, on the other side.....' The transition moves from the right because that is how we enter the big house and we dance around the fire from the right to make a complete circle. It is a law that was laid down for us by our ancestors and it is a law that is still obeyed. My print is particularly appropriate because our ancestors believed that we would come back in a different form, whether it be human or animal, just as it was in the beginning of time. The supernatural beings of the past shed their animal forms to become who we are today. Transformation is in our legends, dances, songs and art." --'maxwa' loagwa. (statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)