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U990.14.81
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Henry
Title : Cannibal Woman
Date (Execution) : 1979
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwagu'ł, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : First Nations formline design of woman with bare chest and skirt holding a child in a basket.
Accession # : U990.14.81
Width (cm) : 53.00
Height (cm) : 66.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "The Cannibal Woman is a mythological creature that once was human. She now frequents the woods and forests. Not unlike the tales of witches and wizards, she is said to steal children from the villages. The myth tells that only a special chant or help from the goodly "Sisiutl" (a kindly mythological creature) can overcome her. The myth warns that any such foolishness as a direct attack results in the attacker being frozen. Stories of the Cannibal Woman and her antics told around the night fires of the Kwa-Gulth people have kept more than one sleepy-eyed child close to his mother's side." - Henry Hunt