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Artist / Maker : Starr, Terry
Title : Raven Finned Killer Whale
Date (Execution) : 1987
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Gispax Laats, Tsimshian
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Figurative representation of killer whale with fangs, a raven's head for a dorsal fin and and human head with hair streaming out from above its tail. In black and muted burgundy red.
Accession # : U990.14.951
Width (cm) : 51.50
Height (cm) : 38.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "My Father was of the Killer Whale Clan; One of four Killer Whale Chiefs in the Village of Port Simpson where I grew up. Raven in Tsimshian mythology is the "Trickster" and has the power to transform at will. The head of the Killer Whale is reversed as he leaps forward into the spiritual world. The idea of Raven for the Killer Whale's fin is my acknowledgement of the "Transformation" concept, which is the basis of our mythology. The human form riding the back, with kelp-like strands of hair, represents all the Killer Whale people as one, from birth to death on their journey through this life. This is my fifth design." - Terry Starr