Loon by William Jr. WasdenLoon by William Jr. Wasden
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Loon

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The Loon is an ancestor of the Village Island people. An answer names Gi'gagwe' transformed from a loon into a man to start up a clan. The people who descended from him had the right to wear the loon as a crest. Many noble family married to receive this prestigious prerogative. William is the keeper of a loon helmet. This dance privilege was passed to his maternal, great-grandfather as a dowry from his maternal, great-grandmother, whose people descend from this story. The loon is the messenger and represents the wealth under the ocean. This print is very strict Kwakwaka'wakw formline, and I feel that his ancient style of designing is not displayed as much today. I honour all the contemporary work of today, but I just wanted to reflect on the 'old school' of traditional formline." - William Wasden Jr. (Wa)

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist William Jr. Wasden
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2012
Dimensions 20" x 22"
Materials & Edition Limited Edition 160

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