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Red Cedar Wood
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Red Cedar Wood
|Dimensions||96 x 28 x 20"|
|Nation||Haida / Metis Nations|
Born on June 29, 1958, in Prince Rupert, BC, Don Yeomans is one of the most respected and renowned Northwest Coast Native artists. Born of a Masset Haida father and a Metis mother from Slave Lake, Alberta, Yeomans has studied and worked in the Haida Style since he was a youth.
As a young man, Yeomans apprenticed under the expert guidance of his aunt, Freda Diesing. He worked with Robert Davidson on the Charles Edenshaw Memorial Longhouse and completed a jewelry apprenticeship with Phil Janze. Yeomans has also studied fine art at Langara College in Vancouver.
He has worked with many acclaimed Northwest coast artists, including Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Phil Janze and Gerry Marks, studying their styles, techniques and philosophies.
Don Yeomans crafts his artworks in many materials: he creates exquisite jewelry pieces in gold and silver, paints elegant Haida designs on paper, produces outstanding prints and is one of the finest carvers.
His work can be found in the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Seattle Art Museum. In 2002 he completed a major totem pole commission for Stanford University.
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When Garner Moody moved to Vancouver in 1987, he spent two years working with renowned Haida artist Bill Reid. Soon after, he moved back to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) to draw inspiration from their traditional way of life.
Throughout his years of carving, Garner continues to preserve the northern Haida form line exemplified in this linage pole. His composition and balance furthers the notion that Garner demonstrates expertise in design, detail and form line.
Garner depicts crest figures signifying important family crests, such as the Eagle, Killerwhale and Thunderbird.
As one of the most prominent beings in art and mythology, the Eagle is known for its grace, power and prestige. Considered a majestic noble creature, the Eagle spirit is associated with freedom and lofty pursuits. Traditionally, Shamans believed that Eagle feathers were spiritually endowed and possessed healing powers. They used them in various ceremonial and ritual contexts; today these feathers are still strewn to welcome honored guests to peaceful and friendly gatherings.
The Eagle is respected for its intelligence as well as its vision, both figurative and literal, thereby claiming both honor and high stature. Although revered as a powerful hunter, the Eagle’s feathers are considered sacred.
The Eagle is one of two main family crests of the Haida nation and is known to mate with the same partner for its lifetime.
The Killerwhale is an important crest symbol associated with power, strength, dignity and communication.
Killerwhale Clans are thought to live in Killerwhale Villages deep within the ocean; when at home they remove their skins and live as large humans. Mating once for life and thought to be the reincarnation of great chiefs, these majestic animals are the protectors of mankind. While known to capsize canoes and carry the inhabitants to their Killerwhale Village, they are also reputed to act as guides to humans caught within storms.
This stoic pole typifies Garner Moody’s commitment and dedication to the preservation of Haida mythology and heritage. His experience culminates in this work and, as the totem represents the messenger of cultural identity, this is a prime example of function and form working in perfect harmony.