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Artist / Maker : Wilson, Joseph M.; Sxwaset
Title : Thunderbird and Killer Whale
Date (Execution) : 1970
Geographical Origin : Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Cowichan
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : A burgundy red circle contains a grey thunderbird (top left half) and a navy blue whale with teeth (bottom right)
Accession # : U990.14.671
Width (cm) : 72.00
Height (cm) : 52.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "I was always fascinated by the stories that I heard as a child. My imagination would run wild when I heard of the great Thunderbird that would come to save the people from the killerwhales feasting on the salmon run. You see, the salmon was a very important source of food for the Native peoples. In this serigraph I incorporated the design in an abstract circular form, much like the designs fitted onto a spindle whorl, and creatively updated what I thought might be today's modern version of this Salish art form."