ROY HENRY VICKERS GALLERY
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FIVE FINNED WHALE - CONSIGNMENT #42/100

Edition Date: 2007
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Medium: Serigraph
Image Size: 22" x 10.7/8"

We know that this legend comes down through the mists of time and has been told from generation to generation in story, song, and dance.This legend has it’s origin with the Owikeeno people from a place we know as KIDEET, this village today is called Owikeeno and is situated at the head of Rivers Inlet. This is the birthplace of my Chieftainship, Tlagwigila more commonly spelled, Tlakwakila which means Copperman. Tlakwakila is from the house of WAKAS and my adopted family, the Walkus family carry their original name as a family name to this day. Walkus is one of the few names that survived the census takers who were given power by the governmental to change peoples names in the event that the names were too hard to spell in English. So this is the background for the story which tells of four whales who were hunting up in the inlet known as Wanuk when a large landslide took place. One of the whale hunters was trapped by the slide which formed what is known as Qausas Wanukv or Owikeeno Lake.The dead whales body formed an island with it’s head facing towards the inlet.This island known as Smokehouse Island today is where the five houses originated from Newakawa. The sons of Newakawa are, my brother, Haitlamas, the healer, the next brother is Newmas Kas, then came, Ookwaliis, and, Tsigsiwallace.The four sons make up four of the five fins, the fifth fin being the fin of the whale itself. There is a well known design done in many variations by artists throughout the generations which shows the five finned whale holding up the roof of a house from which came all the families and descendants who live today. This story of the five finned whale will stand through the ages as testimony to the origins of the people we know today as the Owikeeno. This story was related to me by Hemas Newakawa otherwise known as Evelyn Windsor, my aunt. Thank you to my brother,TedWalkus, who inspired me to put this down on paper.

Story

We know that this legend comes down through the mists of time and has been told from generation to generation in story, song, and dance.This legend has it’s origin with the Owikeeno people from a place we know as KIDEET, this village today is called Owikeeno and is situated at the head of Rivers Inlet. This is the birthplace of my Chieftainship, Tlagwigila more commonly spelled, Tlakwakila which means Copperman. Tlakwakila is from the house of WAKAS and my adopted family, the Walkus family carry their original name as a family name to this day. Walkus is one of the few names that survived the census takers who were given power by the governmental to change peoples names in the event that the names were too hard to spell in English. So this is the background for the story which tells of four whales who were hunting up in the inlet known as Wanuk when a large landslide took place. One of the whale hunters was trapped by the slide which formed what is known as Qausas Wanukv or Owikeeno Lake.The dead whales body formed an island with it’s head facing towards the inlet.This island known as Smokehouse Island today is where the five houses originated from Newakawa. The sons of Newakawa are, my brother, Haitlamas, the healer, the next brother is Newmas Kas, then came, Ookwaliis, and, Tsigsiwallace.The four sons make up four of the five fins, the fifth fin being the fin of the whale itself. There is a well known design done in many variations by artists throughout the generations which shows the five finned whale holding up the roof of a house from which came all the families and descendants who live today. This story of the five finned whale will stand through the ages as testimony to the origins of the people we know today as the Owikeeno. This story was related to me by Hemas Newakawa otherwise known as Evelyn Windsor, my aunt. Thank you to my brother,TedWalkus, who inspired me to put this down on paper.