In Memory Only
‘In Memory Only’ by Art Thompson – First Nations Northwest Coast Nuu-chah-nulth Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: no condition noted.
Description by Artist: ‘In Memory Only‘ – “Amongst the Nuu-chah-nulth there were families that were the hunters of whales. These families are still proud of this fact. They are remembered by our own people and it is my desire to release this print in commemoration of this event.
The Nuu-chah-nulth do no hunt the whales anymore, but the events leading up to this ritual are remembered and revered. Almost all the equipment necessary is now honored in numerous museums around the world. The canoe and manufacture of the canoe are still amongst our people, many of the older canoes for whaling are in different institutions as well.
Other than the Eskimo, the Nuu-chah-nulth were the only people south of Alaska that did pursue this mammal for food and oil.”
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This Limited Edition silkscreen prints titled “In Memory Only” by Art Thompson was published in May, 1989. It was hand produced by the screen-printing 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: 150 signed and numbered copies, 15 artist’s proofs and 1 printer’s proof. 3 Hors de Commerce copies exist and are defaced and all other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.