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 suppressed 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 as 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, whose 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 one 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).