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William Wasden Jr., Kwakwaka'wakw
Limited Edition: 176/299; Framed
61 X 54.5in
The Ha'mumu is a great crest belonging to my relatives the Speck family. From their prestigious history, their story of a new beginning after surviving the flood tells of a huge butterfly flying down from the heavens and landing on their great ancestor, Numas' head. From there, through spiritual communication, directed him back to his homelands, which were still mostly submerged by the receding deluge.
My relative Maxine Matilpi, who is the granddaughter of the late, great artist, and hereditary chief, Henry Speck, asked me why I had never designed a print of a butterfly; I told her I couldn't go and use what solely belonged to their family. It was then that she asked me to design one for her, so I felt honored and compelled to do it. This is only a fragment of this powerful story, but I do not feel it is my right to repeat, therefore I feel this information is sufficient. I will hear it again from the family and treasure it, as I do them. Gilakas'la 'Nula'gadzi. - Wak'analagalis (William Wasden Jr.)
William Wasden Jr.
William Wasden Jr. (Wak'analagalis) is a member of the 'Namgis of the Kwakwaka'wakw people and is a descendant of the Alfred, Hunt and Cook families. He can also trace his ancestry to the Tlingit of Alaska and the Mowachat of the West Coast. He has been initiated into the hamat'sa society, the highest ranking of the complex dance societies of the Kwakwaka'wakw. His artistic abilities have been refined through working with Chief Doug Cranmer, Don Yeomans, Bruce and Wayne Alfred, and with Beau, Francis and Simon Dick. Wasden's traditional influences include Bob Harris, Herbert Johnson, Mungo Martin, Willie Seaweed, Henry Speck and George Walkus. Wasden works full-time at his art in a variety of media, and has a great interest in singing and in preserving the songs of his people.