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  • Edition Size:
  • 160 signed and numbered, 16 artist's proofs, 16 remarques, 2 printer's proofs
  • Paper Size:
  • 71 x 56 cm, 28 x 22 inches
  • Image Size:
  • 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17.5 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 2021

K'aka'win is the Nuu-chah-nulth word for killer whale. With this limited edition Native art print, titled K'aka'win, Patrick Amos pays tribute to the magnificent orca (killer whale) and the transformation stories about wolves and killer whales.

Patrick Amos explains, "On the beautiful, stormy coast of Vancouver Island the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples lived as one with Mother Earth. The animals were their teachers, the winged ones their messengers, and transformation stories were told from grandparents to grandchildren during meals so one would 'swallow' the teachings.

Our ancestors watched the wolves sacredly leave the forests, heads bobbing from side to side and walk down to the waters edge. As they immersed themselves in the water, they transformed from wolves to killer whales and swam off into the sea. The sheer significance of witnessing this transformation kept the people patiently waiting, hidden on the beaches. The killer whales would swim back to shore and transform back into wolves.

The killer whales and wolves teach us the importance of family as they both live in groups (pods and packs) and look after their families. Wolves and killer whales adorn regalia today validating transformation stories."

Also read The Orca Symbol - Native Art Symbols and Meanings

This limited edition silk screen print titled "K'aka'win" by Patrick Amos 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. The printer has destroyed all trial copies and obliterated the printing stencils.

Published by Cedar Hill Long House Native Art Prints.