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U990.14.843
Artist / Maker : Sebastian, Robert E.; Gwin-Jakwsxw
Title : Killer Whale Whirlpool
Date (Execution) : 1986
Geographical Origin : Gitanmaax (Hazelton); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Blue and black design of four killerwhales forming a circle; blue stylized water forming a circle (whirlpool) behind them; white background.
Accession # : U990.14.843
Width (cm) : 55.50
Height (cm) : 75.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This print illustrates a Tsimshian legend. One day a boy from Robert's village got caught in a whirlpool. He started chanting a special song to the Killerwhale Clan. It gave him the strength to swim out of the whirlpool and back to shore. When he returned home the chief knew that he had sung the song and asked him what had happened." (statement provided by Pacific Editions)