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By: Drew, Leslie, Wilson, Doug
Binding: Trade Cloth
Size: 11" X 8.5"
Publication Date: 1980
PR Highlights: Art of the native nation of the Haida
PHOTO Highlights: 286 historical photographs throughout.
Description: Haida argillite carving has captured the interest of non-Indian buyers and collectors for over a century, but only in the past thirty years has a handful of students of Northwest coast art and culture attempted to focus systematically upon the vital attributes of this unique aesthetic adventure. This publication is an ambitious yet thoroughly satisfying undertaking that can be used as an illustrative guide for the modern carver, for the collector who has helped to sustain the art for many years, and for the novice who wants an introduction to this important art form. This book is the author's attempt to present for a general audience the artistic and historical significance of argillite. They have chosen illustrations from as many sources as possible. The particular panel pipes, miniature poles, bowls, dishes, boxes and figurines from the glorious past and the highly-promising present are what they regard as outstanding specimens of the art. In searching for examples the authors visited the National Museum of Man at Ottawa, and several other Canadian museums. They also visited museums in the United States, and the British Isles.
Douglas Wilson, who lives in Victoria, BC, was born in Queen Charlotte City on January 7, 1943. He learned the art from his grandfather, Henry Yound, his uncle, Issac Hans, and from Tom Hans, Pat Dixon and Pat McGuire. A member of the Eagle moiety, he is a keen student of Haida history and the argillite art.
Leslie Drew is a newspaper report and editor who has written numerous article on Northwest Coast Native arts for The Beaver, and other Canadian magazines.