Darrell White

Northwest Coast Native Artist Darrell White from Haida Nation

Haida Nation

Darrell White was born in Queen Charlotte, Haida Gwaii in 1960. He is a member of the Dadens Yakulaanaas Raven Clan from the village of Masset. The family moved from the island in 1964 and lived in various communities before settling down in Powell River, British Columbia. Darrell remained in Powell River until the age of forty-one, having worked the last fifteen years as a fabricator/welder, before leaving his job to pursue a career in carving.

Darrell comes from a family with strong artistic traditions. He is the great, great grandson of renowned carver, Charles Edenshaw, and a cousin to the contemporary carvers, Christian White and Jim Hart.

Despite growing up away from the culture, Darrell had always had a keen interest in Haida artistry and his heritage. He is largely a self-taught artist and has been carving for several years. Darrell has most recently carved with Christian White, gaining new insight and learning different techniques. He has studied the works of Haida master carvers in museums and books over many years before committing to carving full time.

Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)

Present Works

  • Eagle Chief Box

    Darrell White

    Price upon request

    Argillite, Catlinite, 14K Yellow Gold, Mastodon Ivory, Mother of Pearl, Abalone shell

    Eagle on top, Eagle with Human & Frog, Beaver & Human (skills between ears signifies a Chief), Killerwhale, Shark, and the box’s feet depict Frogs

  • Raven Chief Spoon

    Darrell White

    Price upon request

    Argillite, Catlinite, Abalone shell, Mastodon Ivory, 14k Yellow Gold, Sterling silver

    Yew wood base

  • Raven with Human Amulet

    Darrell White

    $4,700.00 CAD

    Argillite, Catlinite, Abalone shell, Sterling silver
    Sterling silver Omero chain available separately.

    Full of magical, supernatural power, Raven could turn himself into anything at any time. His legendary antics were often motivated by insatiable greed, and he loved to tease, cheat, woo and trick. In legends, the Raven is credited for releasing the Sun, Creating the Moon, Stars and the Universe and, according to the Haida Nation, discovering Humans in a Clamshell.

  • Story of Nanasimgit Amulet

    Darrell White

    $5,200.00 CAD

    Argillite, Catlinite, Abalone shell, Mother of Pearl, Sterling silver
    Sterling silver Omero chain available separately.

    According to the oral traditions of the Northwest Coast, there was once a man named Nanasimget whose beautiful wife was kidnapped by a Killerwhale.  He took her to the underwater village of the powerful Killerwhale People, and planned to wed her as soon as he could create a dorsal fin and attach it to her back. However, Nanasimget was determined to rescue his beloved. He undertook a series of perilous tasks, going so far as to ride on the back of a mighty Killerwhale to reach the village in the depths  of the sea. There, Nanasimget successfully extracted his wife from the Chief Killerwhale’s longhouse, rescuing his love and returning with her to their own earthly village.

    This is a common myth amongst the Haida people but there are many versions of this legend base on the Nation which is telling the story. In some versions, Nanasimget is instead called Gunarh.

Past Works

The artist’s Past Works at our Gallery have now sold; however, a custom order may be possible if the artist is available and accepting commissions.