Vernon Joseph White
Vernon was born in Old Massett on the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1980. He is from the Raven clan and of Nee Kun Quigawaay meaning; those born at house point. Vernon’s crests are the Grizzly Bear, the Killerwhale and the tca’maos or Snag to name a few.
In 1998, Vernon started carving full time, apprenticing under his father, renowned carver Christian White. Vernon started creating everything from paddles and bentwood boxes to argillite works. In 2000, Vernon started to carve masks and learned to make his own tools. Most recently, Vernon has learned the difficult job of inlaying his work.
Argillite, Abalone Shell, Sterling Silver, Mastodon ivory
The Hawk takes its place in the supernatural spiritual world, inspiring unique designs for masks, rattles and jewelry. For the Haida Nation, it was used to represent the Thunderbird. Often associated with the Sun, the Hawk can be distinguished by its curled beak which curves to meet the tip of the lower jaw.
When the Raven brought light to the world, some versions of the legend say that it was the Hawk who made the Raven drop the box so it opened, releasing the Sun, Moon and Stars into the Universe.
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