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Artist / Maker : David, Joe
Title : Medicine Drum
Date (Execution) : 1974
Geographical Origin : Opitsaht, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Nuu-chah-nulth, Tla-o-qui-aht
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : A black circle contains a colourful bird which flies to the top right of the circle. A bright yellow sliver of moon occupies the top half of the inner edge of the circle. Red, green, blue, yellow, black.
Accession # : U990.14.482
Width (cm) : 50.50
Height (cm) : 55.60
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : The print "Medicine Drum " represents the West Coast people's knowledge of the healing qualities of certain plant life. The two colour rainbow in full circle symbolizes the two sides of life, physical and spiritual, being one and the same. The central figure, a medicine bird with medicinal plants growing from it's left wing represents the knowledge of such plants being passed from bird to man. And the crescent moon above the bird's head represents communication between earth and higher orders. (statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)