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U998.7.79
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Calvin
Title : Copper Making Frog
Date (Execution) : 1992/10/01
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : Print; Serigraph
Visual Description : White background. Two brown trunks. Between this is aman attempting to hold a frog, which has 2 coppers pieces underneath- green, red, and black frogs.
Accession # : U998.7.79
Width (cm) : 52.00
Height (cm) : 38.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "The story of the copper making frog is an important legend of Chief Thomas Hunt. The following story was related by him. Chief Thomas Hunt owned the rights to a very important frog headdress and a copper belonged to him descending from this legend. Although 'Kla Qwa Gakaga' is a Kwakwala name, Thomas Hunt believes the story to come from his grandmother, Mary Ebbotts who was a Tlingit princess from Tongas, Alaska.

The story goes as follows: A man was walking down a trail when he came across a strange magical frog. This frog could enlarge itself to a huge size and at the turn of your head could shrink and disappear completely. Carefully the man stalked the frog, concealing his club behind him. He made sure he didn't blink or look away from the frog so he wouldn't disappear. At just the right moment he clubbed the frog, killing it. When he picked the frog up, there were coppers beneath him. These coppers brought great wealth and prestige to the ancestors of Thomas Hunt." - As related by John Livingston