CHIEF HENRY SPECK

Chief Henry Speck, Seagull, 1959, gouache on paper, 20 x 22 inches framed.
Raven Turns to Human Face / Lady Giant Dance Mask, 1959
Chief Henry Speck,
Gouache on paper, framed,
20.75 x 23”

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Thunderbird Mask / Blue Jay Mask, 1959,
Chief Henry Speck,
Gouache on paper, framed,
20.75 x 23”

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Thunder Bird Dance Mask, 1959,
Chief Henry Speck,
Gouache on paper, framed,
20.75 x 23”

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Black Fish & Mouse The Messenger of the Wilds, 1959,
Chief Henry Speck,
Gouache on paper, framed,
20.75 x 23”

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Bullhead Headmask, 1959,
Chief Henry Speck,
Gouache on paper, framed,
20.75 x 23”

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Snow Gease Dance Mask, 1959,
Chief Henry Speck,
Gouache on paper, framed,
20.75 x 23”

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Sea Man Dance Mask, 1959,
Chief Henry Speck,
Gouache on paper, framed,
20.75 x 23”

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Chief Henry Speck, Seagull, 1959, gouache on paper, 20 x 22 inches framed.

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Chief Henry Speck, Snow Geese, Na-na-la, 1959, gouache on paper, 20 x 22 inches framed.

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Chief Henry Speck, Grizzly Bear, Loon, Seagull Feast dish, 1960, gouache on paper, 20 x 22 inches framed.

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THUNDER BIRD / HUMMING BIRD / BLUE JAY , 1959
CHIEF HENRY SPECK
GOUACHE ON PAPER, FRAMED
19.5 X 22 “

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(B. 1908 – 1971, Kwakwaka’wakw)

Chief U’dzistalis was born at Turnour Island August 12, 1908. He only went to school for 2 years, at the Alert Bay residential school. At the age of 14, he was initiated as a Hamat’sa dancer the highest of Kwakwaka’wakw secret societies. His initiation took place at a Potlatch given by his mother’s uncle, Chief Bob Harris. Since that event, Speck became an acknowledged ceremonial song keeper and composer of Kwakwaka’wakw dances.

Later in his life he moved to Alert Bay and taught dancing every Monday night to the community in their efforts to revive their previously banned culture (see Potlatch ban). In 1925, Henry’s father gave an illegal Potlatch to assume the position of Chief of the Lawit’sis, and Henry performed as aHamat’sa . When his father died, Henry was made Chief and named U’dzistalis (The Greatest) at the Potlatch he gave in memory of his father. He passed away in 1971.