Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art

Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art

Daina Augaitis (Author), Marianne Jones (Author), Peter Macnair (Author)
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Haida art is renowned worldwide, but it is often discussed with little reference to its creators and their homeland: Haida Gwaii. This book presents key themes: the influence of the Master-Carvers; the monumental achievement of Bill Reid; the hybridity in contemporary Haida art; the defining myths of origin; social templates of ownership and privilege; the relationship of the people to their land; the Haida and colonialism. From traditional songs and genealogies to the innovative aesthetics of contemporary Haida work in many media, Raven Travelling situates Haida art where it has always belonged, inseparable from its people and at the very apex of the great accomplishments of human creativity.

  • Haida actress , Marianne Jones (a co-director of the popular TV series Ravens and Eagles) addresses the significance of the land in Haida art and culture.
  • Museum curator Nika Collison explores how Haida art defines one's place in Haida society.
  • Northwest Coast art historian Peter Macnair presents two centuries of Haida art, highlighting influential figures such as Charles Edenshaw, Bill Reid and Robert Davidson.
  • Contemporary artists Robert Davidson, Don Yeomans and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas talk about pushing the limits of tradition as they adapt to global influences.
  • Lucille Bell, Vince Collison, Jacqueline Gijssen, Guujaaw and Isabel Rorick provide further contributions.
  • This book was published in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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