‘Hamumu’ by Francis Dick – First Nations Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Description by Artist: “Hamumu is Kwak’wala for butterfly. In this drum design is a butterfly that is a crest worn by the late hereditary chief Arthur Dick, who lived in Alert Bay, and who passed away May 29,1997. He was a man of greatness in my eyes. I marveled at how he was in relationship to his family, his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and his many, many relations. His family was very important to him and he exhibited his caring in many loving ways. He was very proud of his family.
Although he had a grade-two education, he was successful, a hard worker and a self-taught man. This design is a way to show respect to Dayu (Arthur Dick) and his family. The face with a tear drop represents the grieving at the loss of a great man. The heart in the design is the love I feel for Dayu and the legacy he has left behind. The swirls in the design represent movement from this place to the next and beyond to places we do not understand. Halakasla Dayu (Goodbye Dayu).”
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This limited edition silkscreen print titled “Hamumu” by Francis Dick was published in November, 2000. It was hand produced by the screenprinting process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist was involved in the printmaking, checking the stencils and signing each copy in the edition: 100 signed and numbered copies, 10 Artist’s Proofs, 10 Remarque’s and 1 Printer’s Proof. All other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.