Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Forest Spirit


This sculpture started out as a Gaagiid (Wildman) but changed and developed into something different.

As I was carving it, I thought of s a story I was told by my Uncle Willis White. It was a story about my great grandfather Henry Yaaswaad (White). Him and his brother were camping on a hunting trip on the West Coast Duuguusd. As they sat by their evening fire, spears or arrows flew out of the woods over the bluff above them. Except that these were tiny spears and arrows, bouncing off them and falling harmlessly nearby. Ben, meanwhile picked up one of the little sticks and placed the end in the fire. After it lit on fire, he brought it to his tobacco pipe and had a calm smoke. They slept lightly that night, never the less many of the spears and arrows were gone in the morning when they pulled camp.

There is also many other stories of little people, Skil Jaadee (Property Woman, the Fairy)is one of them. These small beings are sometimes seen walking away from the person seeing them.

So my sculpture depicts one of the little warriors.

Christian White

Christian White


Raven Clan

(1962- )

Christian was born in Queen Charlotte City and raised in Old Masset, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia). He is from the Dadens Yahgu’7laanaas Raven Clan and his Haida name is Kilthguulans (Voice of Gold). He started carving argillite at the age of fourteen under the direction of his father, Morris White. He studied the work of the great masters and especially of his great-great-grandfather Charles Edenshaw. A self-supporting artist since the age of seventeen, Christian shows an advanced knowledge of Haida forms and an emerging personal style based on narrative story telling and strong use of inlays of various materials, even in his earlier pieces.