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U990.14.228
Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : K'umała
Date (Execution) : 1989
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 half circle design on a black background with a black wolf creature howling at the moon with it's paw on a bent box. Winter landscape.
Accession # : U990.14.228
Width (cm) : 73.80
Height (cm) : 55.40
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "Kumała means wealth and this print is a story of wealth. The wolf in this print is Kawadelekala; he is seen in my first print. The Kawadelekala story belongs to the Dick family from Kingcome Inlet, specifically to my late grandmother 'Anitsa', the story is left behind for her family. The story of Kawadelekala is a long story, and this print depicts only a small part of it. It is one of my goals however to create the entire story visually in paintings and prints, to commemorate my family name, especially my grandmother Anitsa. In this print Kawadelekala was told by a man that there was going to be a great flood. Once he was told this he decided to find a mountain and store his four sacred treasures in a box on top of the mountain where the flood would not reach. These treasures remain with my family. He came to this mountain which is called Kaxsi'dze and on top of this mountain he stored his box of treasures. The flood came and went far over the mountains, higher than the Kawadelekala anticipated. Once it came back down the box turned to stone. This mountain you can see form the valley in Kingcome and it is in the shape of a box. Time however, has worn it down somewhat but you can still see it, especially with fresh snow. " --F.D.