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U990.14.559
Artist / Maker : Amos, Patrick
Title : Hamatsa Dancer
Date (Execution) : 1987
Geographical Origin : Nootka Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Mowachaht, Nuu-chah-nulth
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description :
Accession # : U990.14.559
Width (cm) : 42.00
Height (cm) : 56.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : The most important winter dance among the Kwakiutl is that of the Hamatsa society. An elite society which takes a minimum of twelve years of dancing for a man to enter; the ceremonies are several days long and very complex. Because of the importance of this society, Hamatsa masks are always carefully carved, representing the finest efforts of the artist. Hamatsa bird-monster masks portrayed Hok-Hok, Crooked Beak and Raven. Carved as individual masks or in multiples of two or three, they are worn by the central figures in the dances. Patrick has depicted a multiple mask bird-monster. As he has been working with the Hunts lately, he has chosen to do this print in the Kwa-Gulth style. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics).