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Height: 58 cm | Length: 48 cm.
Galuda is the name of a mountain in Kingcome Inlet. The seagull who sits upon the mountain is T'sik'waxalis who descended from the mountain into human form. He has around his neck a cedar bark ring. My maternal grandfather's headdress was that of a seagull. He wore this headdress in a ceremony to show his connection to the origin story of T'sik'waxalis. This painting is in honour of my grandfather.
Born in 1959 into the Musqamakw Dzawadaenutw Band (the four tribes of Kingcome Inlet), Francis Dick is a contemporary aboriginal artist and a member of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation. She is a descendant of the supernatural Wolf, Kawadelekala, who became the first of the Kingcome people.
The image of this mythical being is prominent in much of Francis Dick's native art, acknowledging her contemporary ties toher cultural heritage. Francis holds this very near to the centre of her spirit, as she relies on this hereditary knowledge for her strength. "Before anything else, my work is about honouring my life process, my journey, through my fires, from places of pain and darkness to places that I might stand in my truth; my work is not a career, it's a way of life."