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U014.3.677
Artist / Maker : Wasden, William HiƂamas Edward Jr. (Wak'analagalis)
Title : Moth
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 moth in black and grey on white paper.
Accession # : U014.3.677
Width (cm) : 29.25
Height (cm) : 36.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Our Kwakwaka'wakw people see the moth as the physical form of ghosts, henceforth the traditional name Lo'linuxw, meaning ghost. In an ancient story from our tribe, the 'Namgis, an ancestral hero went to a lake in our vast territories of the Nimpkish Valley to seek supernatural power. It was at this special place where, after fasting and ritual bathing, he purified himself, allowing for spirits to no longer scent him and come into contact with him. Through his suffering the spirits took pity on him and chose to endow him with special gifts. One spirit that appeared to him was a huge moth that rose from the depths of the lake and offered him the Dance of the Ghosts. This great privilege was taken along with the others to become the rites of his descendants to come. This story, which is very long and has much detail and beauty in it, is the inspiration for this design. I have put ghost faces into the design to connect my work with our history and beliefs."