About this object

History of use

These 62 small works (3223/1-62) comprise a collection of drawings in pencil, ink, pencil crayon, and felt pen made by the artist between the years 1968 and 2015. During that period the artist has identified himself by the following names: Ron Hamilton; Hupquatchew; Ki-ke-in; Kwayatsapalth; Chuuchkamalthnii; and Haa’yuups. The drawings are, for the most part, applied to the backs of bookmarks acquired from a range of bookshops; some are applied to other pieces of paper or cutouts from his earlier silkscreen prints. Many of the images represent killer whales, often in conjunction with accoutrements and symbols of Nuu-chah-nulth whaling. The juxtaposition of bookmark and representation of Nuu-chah-nulth himwits’a, or narrative, is a deliberate and meaningful placement of two distinct knowledge systems in relationship with one another. Ephemeral drawings like these were not created for the market; the artist has long made them for himself and sometimes as gifts for relatives and friends; they are a way of sharing his knowledge and experience about Nuu-chah-nulth ways of knowing, thinking about, and being in this world; they are expressive of what he calls kiitskiitsa: marks made with intention.

Physical description

A drawing of a human skull and a flame on a one-sided, vertically oriented, piece of paper. The top edge of the paper is cut at an angle; the right-side of the paper is shorter than the left. The background of the drawing is filled with crisscrossing assemblages of line patterns of varying lengths and thicknesses in light green, light blue and dark green ink. In the middle-section, a human skull is outlined in dark green ink with the interior space left white; the eye sockets are coloured in with dark green ink. Dark green dots outline the right half of the eye sockets and the skull. The flame, drawn in red-orange and yellow ink, is positioned at the bottom of the drawing and extends upwards so that the upper sections of the flame overlay the skull. The reverse-side of the paper is blank.