ARGILLITE is a shale stone known as ‘Kwawhlahl’ among the Haida people, and they began carving it in response to the early curio trade of the 1820s on the Haida Gwaii Islands. Today, Argillite continues to protected and carved exclusively by the Haida, and is considered one of the most highly collectible artforms on the Pacific Northwest Coast.

  • 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

  • Lazy Son-in-Law Box

    Gryn White

    $8,800.00 CAD

    Argillite, Mastodon Ivory, 14K Yellow Gold, Abalone shell

  • Dogfish, Raven, & Beaver with Human Model Pole

    Gryn White

    $5,600.00 CAD

    Argillite, Catlinite, 14K Yellow Gold, Mastodon Ivory, Abalone shell

  • Eagle, Bear & Killerwhale Model Pole

    Gryn White

    $8,600.00 CAD

    Argillite, Catlinite, 14K Yellow Gold, Mastodon Ivory, Abalone shell

  • Gunarh & His Wife

    Gryn White

    $8,800.00 CAD

    Argillite, Catlinite, Abalone shell, Mastodon Ivory, 14K Yellow Gold

    According to the oral traditions of the Northwest Coast, there was once a man named Gunarh 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, Gunarh 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, Gunarh 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, Gunarh is instead called Nanasimget.

  • Gunarh & His Wife Model Pole

    Greg White Lightbown

    $4,600.00 CAD

    Argillite

    According to the oral traditions of the Northwest Coast, there was once a man named Gunarh 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, Gunarh 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, Gunarh 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, Gunarh is instead called Nanasimget.

  • Shaman Sculpture

    Gryn White

    $8,600.00 CAD

    Argillite, Catlinite, Abalone shell

    Shamans, or Medicine Men & Women, were typically a chief of the village or a person of high-ranking stature who followed the directions given by their spirit helper.

  • Raven Looking Back (Raven with Light) Sculpture

    Christian White

    Price upon request

    Argillite, Catlinite, Mother of Pearl, Abalone shell

  • Raven Chief Spoon

    Darrell White

    Price upon request

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

    Yew wood base

  • Eagle Amulet

    Christian White

    $3,100.00 CAD

    Argillite, Mother of Pearl, Abalone shell, Mastodon Ivory

    The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship. Eagle feathers are considered a sacred part of many ceremonies and rituals. The Eagle is known to mate with one partner for a lifetime.

    In Haida legend, the Eagle and Raven are close companions and serve as alter egos.

    For more details on shipping Ivory outside of Canada, please click here and then click open the Shipping section and scroll down to read more on Shipping Restrictions.

  • Raven Box

    Tim Boyko

    Price upon request

    Argillite, Catlinite, Mother of Pearl, Sterling silver (engraved), 14K Gold inlay

    1985

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