Original size is 480 × 1440 pixels

Cheryl Wadhams (Kwakwaka’wakw)

Giclee ed./250

13″ x 33″


“A journey that started with a promise made to my late Anis (aunty) Emma, to learn Kwak’wala, the traditional language of my people, the Kwakwaka’wakw. My language journey started late in life. In 2016, I enrolled in the UBC Endangered Language program. I have progressed slowly to learn beyond my first words, Yo, ‘wiksas and dagans dlu t’sigwanu (‘Hi’, ‘How are you?’ and ‘Socks & eggs’). In 2017, the other part of this journey included producing many original works that had me “going back to the basics”, exploring and studying traditional formline design concentrating on the ‘ovoid’. I am blessed and happy to announce this is my first print produced. It has been an exciting process that will help me expand my knowledge, abilities and scope of the art of my people. This piece expresses that journey.” – Artist Statement: ‘Ka’kaSolas, Cheryl Wadhams