Designed by Kwakwaka’wakw Artist Curtis Wilson.
A killer whale is within the maple leaf and the red bands are each with a salmon design. Throughout my life, I have come to learn all the hardships and struggles that First Nations people have faced in this country. This design speaks for my love and visions of my heritage and the country I live in– standing together in support of each other.
Dimensions: 180cm x 70cm. Material is 100% polyester.
Designed in Canada.
From Oscardo Website: Curtis was born, raised and lived in Campbell River. His family came from the four corners of the Kwakwaka’wakw territory. Mulidzas is the traditional name handed to Curtis Wilson during a family Potlatch held in 2001.
Curtis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in First Nations Studies from Malaspina University/College in 2002. He had been a part of the Laichwiltach Culture Group for many years and was very adamant about learning his culture and heritage. Curtis continued to teach the younger generations about the culture, songs and dances. He learned to carve at small age a shed built by his grandfather, Sam Henderson Sr., under the instruction of many of his uncles and cousins, from whom he adopted many of his techniques and styles. In the course of his artistic career, Curtis taught art at schools and got involved in many projects at the same time. In 2017, he was invited to be Nanaimo Art Gallery to feature his art in a show.
One of Curtis’ life goal was to learn as much about his culture and heritage, to expand his visions in art and also pass it on to the next generations.
At the height of his successful career, Wilson died tragically from a sudden heart attack in October