The story behind this piece is about the end of my career as a watchman. I have spent the last ten years of my life working as a watchman in the ancient Haida Village sites in the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, on Haida Gwaii. I have spent years studying the works of the old Haida masters that still stand in these village sites today. It has been an honor and a privilege to work in the villages of my ancestors, but my life had to take a turn in an other direction — particularly towards art.
The watchman figure represents the last few years of my life that I had spent in the villages of my ancestors. The raven figure has an abstracted killerwhale crest on the wings, to represent myself, coming from the Raven/Killerwhale clan of Naikoon.
Although my career as a watchman is now over, I will always love and cherish the villages of my ancestors that I used to protect.
Raven / Killerwhale Clan of Naikoon
James was born in Prince Rupert and resides in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii. Growing up in the North, he was strongly influenced by his artistic family. He has drawn much of his inspiration from working as a watchman in ancient Haida villages.
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