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Artist / Maker : Wasden, William HiƂamas Edward Jr. (Wak'analagalis)
Title : Butterfly
Date (Execution) : 2000
Geographical Origin : 'Yalis (Alert Bay); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : 'Namgis, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : First Nations formline design of Butterfly in yellow and black on white paper.
Accession # : U014.3.676
Width (cm) : 29.00
Height (cm) : 35.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The Ha'mumu is a great crest belonging to my relatives the Speck family. From their prestigious history, their story of a new beginning after surviving the flood tells of a huge butterfly flying down from the heavens and landing on their great ancestor, Numas' head. From there, through spiritual communication, directed him back to his homelands, which were still mostly submerged by the receding deluge. My relative Maxine Matilpi, who is the granddaughter of the late, great artist, and hereditary chief, Henry Speck, asked me why I had never designed a print of the butterfly; I told her I couldn't go and use what solely belonged to their family. It was then that she asked me to design one for her, so I felt honoured and compelled to do it. This is only a fragment of this powerful story, but I do not feel it is my right to repeat, therefore I feel this information is sufficient. I will hear it again from the family and treasure it, as I do them. Gilakas'la 'Nula'gadzi."