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Artist / Maker : David, Joe
Title : Memorial Rainbow Drum
Date (Execution) : 1977
Geographical Origin : Opitsaht, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Nuu-chah-nulth, Tla-o-qui-aht
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black human? character in bottom of circle. Two layers of rainbows in top.
Accession # : U990.14.472
Width (cm) : 0.00
Height (cm) : 0.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : This print was conceived in relation to a memorial potlatch for Hyacinth David Sr. Joe originally painted a different version of this design on a drum which was given away at the potlatch. The figures represent a man transforming into a raven form the old transformation masks which opened up to reveal an inner figure. It is shown with the rainbow flashing across the wings of the raven. The rainbow is often used as a symbol of transition between life and death in old Nootka painting. The incredible continuity between the rainbow curvatures carried through the lower part of the design make this print very dynamic visually.