Monthly Archives: January 2013

Photo Essay : The Art of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Posted by on January 12, 2013

As amazing as the landscape and wildlife of Haida Gwaii are, the artwork created by the talented Haida artists is just as impressive. For decades the Haida art was surpressed by the Canadian government. In the 1960’s however, the government loosened controls on Haida culture and the result of the Haida Renaissance. Artists such has Bill Reid became world renowned and his work can be seen today at the Vancouver Airport and on the Canadian $20 bill.

Today Haida artists have continued their work promoting Haida culture around the world. While in Haida Gwaii I had the pleasure of meeting Haida artist Christian White, who’s work is featured in this photo essay. As one of the top Haida artists in the world, his work can command into the 6-figures.

I found Haida artwork to be come of the most beautiful and compelling creations I’ve seen in North America. During my travels I seldom buy artwork, but I would seriously consider adding a Haida piece to my home (if I had one).

The Food Travelers Handbook

Posted by on January 11, 2013

Food Travelers HandbookI am not a foodie.

I wish I was a foodie in the same way that I wish I could play piano or speak Italian, but I am not.

I believe I could exist quite happily like Robocop on nothing more than a rudimentary baby food like paste to keep my organic systems functioning, provided that the paste was nacho cheese or ranch flavored.

That is why you don’t see many posts about food on my blog. I eat lots of local foods, but I don’t get into the how and why of the ingredients and production.

Thankfully I have my own personal foodie: Jodi Ettenberg. I’ve met Jodi on three different continents. She’s true, unabashed food lover and I have personally let Jodi handle my food decisions many times.