‘Kwakiutl Hok-Hok’ by Eugene Hunt – First Nations Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: no condition noted.
Description by Artist: “The Hok-Hok is one of several bird figures which play a role in the exclusive Hamat’sa society – a winter dance society unique to the Kwagiulth/Kwakwaka‘wakw. This supernatural being is one of three main bird figures who arrive during the Hamat’sa ceremony. The remaining two creatures are Crooked-Beak-of-Heaven and Raven-at-the-North-End-of-the-World. These three are attendants to Baxwbakwalanuxsiwe’, the Cannibal-of-the-North-End-of-the-World.
The original design for this print was painted on a drum, with a border design painted along the rim. For this edition of prints Eugene transferred the rim Portion of the drum design into a border ring around the cannibal bird.”
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This Limited Edition silkscreen prints titled “Kwakiutl Hok-Hok“ by Eugene Hunt was published in September, 1998. 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: 200 signed and numbered copies, 20 artist’s proofs, 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.
Best edition print # 200 / 200