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Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Gwa'yi
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 : Landscape scene of a wolf creature jumping in the center beside a whale creature. Green figures of trees along the midground with a mountain in the background. Wolf and Whale seem to morph into the background mountains.
Accession # : U990.14.226
Width (cm) : 56.90
Height (cm) : 42.90
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This past summer of June '87 I went back home to Kingcome Inlet for a six week period. I had been hired to work with our children, together learning some of the songs and dances of our people. I can remember clearly riding up the river to the village. The ride was beautiful and very special. The river is a pale olive green, eagles sat on the trees at the edge of the river as we rode up to the village. Being back at the village was an incredible feeling for me. I could feel the strength in the mountains, the trees that surrounded the village and especially the river. The place was surrounded with legends of our past and I could feel it. From the first day on there was a strong feeling for me to express how I felt about being back home with my family. I decided to do a painting of the view across form the village on the other side of the river and this is my interpretation, what you see in this print. From the left of the print you see two whales in the mountains because in the beginning of time after the great flood, they had been dried up. In the tail of the whale is a Bakwas which is the wild man of the woods looking into the trees below. The Dzawadaenuzw are associated with the wolf that is why you see in the middle of the print 'Kawadelekala', facing in the direction out of Kingcome howling to see if there are others in his special time; Kawadelekala, the beginning of the Dzawadaenuxw was my first print. Kawadelekala's tail wraps around into the moon. One of my favourite things is to watch a full moon on a quiet night. The great mountain in Kingcome is called the 'Xwabtso' it is always sliding and you can hear the noise it makes down in the village. The six weeks back in Kingcome was an experience that revived me in many ways. It is a very special place. I felt so much to express my feelings about Kingcome in a painting and from my painting into this print, but I feel I cannot express enough in words the feeling I have for the Dzawadaenuxw my family, home and what being back has done for me." --Francis Dick ('maxwala'awa)