Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Raven Dancing Across the Sea

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Dancing is a big part of my life. My late father, Chief Edenshaw, Morris White, started dancing traditional Haida performances at about the age of forty. I grew up watching and listening to the traditional songs. Many beautiful applique-designed robes decorated with mother-of-pearl buttons were being made for dancing.

Christian White

Christian White

Haida

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.