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Hayalilegas

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  • Edition Size:
  • 140 signed and numbered, 14 artist's proofs, 1 printer's proof
  • Paper Size:
  • 56.5 x 76.5 cm, 22 x 30 inches
  • Image Size:
  • 47.5 x 66.5 cm, 18.5 x 26 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 1991

"From the top of Kingcome Inlet came a wolf and his name was Galalalite, and from him came four other wolves. The first one was Kawadelekala and the second brother was 'Nanolakw. The third was a female by the name of Hayalilegas, and the youngest brother was Kalili. Eventually, Kawadelekala shed his animal form to become the first of the Kingcome people who I am a direct descendant of.
Kawadelekala brought Hayalilegas down to the Kingcome river which is called Gwayi and there he told her that this is where her home would always be and she would live there to protect the people that were to come.
In terms of my personal process, it's important for me to portray the female wolf to achnowledge and honour myself as a woman, as well as my female ancestors and women today. The culture that this legend is derived from was a patriarchal system, however, it has always been the women who have worked, largely unacknowledged, to support the culture. Even after the banning of potlatches it was the women who preserved the dances and songs and passed these on to the younger generations. With this print I honour these women.
Hayalilegas, the first female wolf, still sits at the river protecting the people from any ill will that may want to come into the village."
- Francis Dick

This limited edition silkscreen print titled "Hayalilegas" by Francis Dick was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. All trial copies of this edition have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.