Bee by William Jr. WasdenBee by William Jr. Wasden
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Bee

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“Our people have always respected the warrior insect Hamdzalat’si, the bumblebee, for reasons quite clear. The sense of family and community and the unmatched flight, no matter their size. I haven’t designed a bee for many years, but after talking with one of my great teachers, hereditary chief Peter Cook, and his wife Irene, I learned that the wonderful dance of the bumblebee had been transferred to him for dowry from his beautiful wife. The prerogative belonged to her family and came from their ancient history, to be carried into marriage, displaying their wealth in culture, to her groom. I love Pete and Irene very much and can never repay their teachings and love; this print is dedicated to them and their giving family, displaying a rite that reflected their beauty and tradition. Gilakas’la Li l axwal.” - Wak’analagalis

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist William Jr. Wasden
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2012
Dimensions 14" x 11"
Materials & Edition Limited Edition 299

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