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Artist / Maker : David, Joe
Title : Memorial Canoe
Date (Execution) : 1977
Geographical Origin : Opitsaht, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Nuu-chah-nulth, Tla-o-qui-aht
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : First Nations design of stylized canoe in side view. Colours are red, black and blue with eight pairs of paddles vertically oriented from the canoe. Decorative border running horizontal at top and bottom of print.
Accession # : U990.14.474
Width (cm) : 61.20
Height (cm) : 48.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : In this print the canoe represents motherhood; the floating paddle in the rear represents fatherhood; the attached paddles represent the 14 children of Hyacinth David Sr., 7 of whom are living. The design above the paddles represents stars and the designs below the canoe represent the ocean and earth. The canoe was often used as a symbol for the transition between life and death. Hyacinth David Senior's favourite carving theme was the canoe. This print was conceived as a tribute by Joe to his father on the occasion of a memorial potlatch for Hyacinth Sr. A one colour version of this design was also printed and given away at the potlatch. It is an unusual print in that there are no human or animal forms. The geometric framing of the design is an ancient Nootka technique which appears as extremely powerful modern art. (statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)