SMASH - International Indigenous Weaving: Salish, Mi'kmaq, Alaskan, Southwest, and Hawaiian Artists is the exhibition catalogue to support a 2010 summer art show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The book showcases the works of Salish, Mi'kmaq, Alaskan, Southwestern, and Hawaiian artists through the medium of weaving in the forms of exquisite baskets, clothing, mats, rattles, spindle whorls, and conceptual pieces.
Solitary Raven: The Essential Writings of Bill Reid is in its second edition and contains 30 essential texts by Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). The collection spans the early years of his career as radio announcer and script writer and extends to his career as a master carver. Early pieces from 1954-1967 include People of the Potlatch; Carvers of the Totem Poles; and Art of the British Colombia Indian. A moving poem text written in 1971 celebrates the land of the Haida as well as the essential tree of the Northwest Coast, the Cedar.
All That We Say is Ours: Guujaaw and the Reawakening of the Haida Nation chronicles the Haida's political and cultural renaissance in this multilayered narrative that will have far-reaching reverberations. Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is Canada's Galapagos, a West Coast archipelago famous for its wild beauty. It is also the ancient homeland of the Haida nation. In the 1970s, after decades of rapacious logging, the Haida joined forces with environmentalists in a high-profile struggle to save the islands.
Red: A Haida Manga is a ground-breaking title published by Douglas and McIntyre and written and illustrated by Haida artist and activist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Combining the art styles of Haida carvers and the graphic aspects of Japanese manga, Yahgulanaas creates a captivating and innovative graphic novel that retells a Haida narrative for a contemporary audience. The main character is Red, an orphan, who experiences tragic loss when his sister Jaada is kidnapped from their village. The boy seethes with rage and revenge grips his soul.
Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art is the companion volume to the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition, Raven Travelling, first shown in 2006. The 200-page book offers readers 40 colour illustrations of the art of past Haida master carvers as well as outstanding works by contemporary Haida artists. The books contain essays, poems, a speech, and bilingual excerpts from classic Haida narratives. Authors include Daina Augaitis, Peter Macnair, Marianne Jones, Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Nika Collison, Lucille Bell, Vince Collison, Guujaw, and Isabel Rorick.
Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art Traditions of the Northwest Coast is a stunning coffee-table art book that celebrates the art of 75 contemporary Northwest Coast artists. 85 colour photographs are included in this book that provides brief biographical essays and quotes from each of the selected artists. Works in wood, silver, glass sculpture, paint, metal, animal skin are featured.
Learning By Designing: Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art, volume 2 is the follow-up manual for Learning By Designing volume 1 and takes the reader further into an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations art and design. The authors Jim Gilbert and Karin Clark provide teachers and students with a basic introduction to the art of the Northwest Coast as well as an understanding First Nations ethics and philosophy.
Learning By Designing: Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art, volume 1 is a comprehensive reference tool for anyone interested in the art designs of the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations. Karin Clark and Jim Gilbert have provided an especially detailed resource that draws on their combined talents as educator and art teacher. While neither author has First Nations ancestry, they have both studied with and interviewed Northwest Coast artists and Elders.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE First Nations Teachers: Identity and Community, Struggle and Change is an accessible study of First Nations students who attended the five-year, full-time Prince Rupert/Simon Fraser University's First Nations Language and Culture Teacher Education program. The author has studied First Nations education in Canada and conducted personal interviews with eight teachers from Prince Rupert School District, and and two teachers from Haida Gwaii school district.
Haida: Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture is one of the titles in the Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture series published by Weigl Educational Publishers. This volume written by Jennifer Nault describes the cultural history of the Haida Nation, who live off the west coast of British Columbia on an archipelago called Haida Gwaii. The Haida Nation flourish in this environment and the book looks at their traditional homes, clothing styles, foods, tools, spirituality, ceremonies, music, dance, art, totem poles, language, and storytelling.