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U990.14.93
Artist / Maker : Hunt, George Jr.
Title : Thunderbird and Killer Whale
Date (Execution) : 1984
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwagu'ł, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Thunderbird riding a killer whale's back enclosed by a thin black circle.
Accession # : U990.14.93
Width (cm) : 37.30
Height (cm) : 40.60
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : The dominant power of the giant mythological Thunderbird is clearly depicted here as he ensnares a massive Killer Whale in his talons. The flapping of the Thunderbird's wings is said to cause thunder and lightning, powerful and familiar features of storms to a people living in close contact with nature. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)