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Artist / Maker : Thompson, Art ; Tsa Qwa Supp
Title : Housefront
Date (Execution) : Nov. 1987
Geographical Origin : Whyac, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Cowichan, Nuu-chah-nulth, Ditidaht
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Green, orange and black design of a housefront design. Green design with gray oval at centre. Mirrored image (left & right) of raven creature with green serpent creature and then red fish (bottom to top). Grid pattern in background.
Accession # : U990.14.432
Width (cm) : 76.50
Height (cm) : 44.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This design is based on a description of a house front at Tse-shaht described by Edward Sapir in 1910. The description is as follows: "The entrance of this house faced the beach. A large round hole served as a door; below this entrance were cut ten round holes representing moons. Above the entrance two Thunderbirds face each other and above each was the figure of a lighting snake, the supernatural servant of the Thunderbird. Above the lightning snakes were two supernatural cods, their heads toward each other." The painting was twelve feet high and thirty-six feet long." (statement provided by Pacific Editions)