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Artist / Maker : Amos, Patrick
Title : Thunderbird and Killer Whale
Date (Execution) : c.1979
Geographical Origin : Nootka Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Mowachaht, Nuu-chah-nulth
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Ink and acrylic
Support / Technique : board
Object Type : drawings (visual works); acrylic paintings (visual work
Visual Description : First Nations formline design of thunderbird with open wings above killer whale in vertical format with rectangular border.
Accession # : U990.14.532
Width (cm) : 28.50
Height (cm) : 48.40
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : The supernatural Thunderbird is a giant whale-eating creature and one of the most powerful of mythological animals among legends of the West Coast peoples. It is often depicted about to snatch up in its' huge talons, the killer whale, then to carry it off to its' mountaintop home to eat. This myth is here shown in a West Coast box design with a traditional geometric border. The moon and star are seen at the top. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics).