Tang’waan’laanaa Sculpture

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Argillite, Catlanite, Duugust stone, Abalone shell, Mother of Pearl, Mastodon Ivory

Christian White’s monumental tribute to this ancient Haida legend is exquisitely carved and detailed with embellishments of precious Abalone, Mother of Pearl and Mastodon Ivory.

Tang’waan’laanaa featured significantly in the old Haida stories.  He is Chief of the undersea world, the highest deity of the Haida ocean spirits, a figure of power and prestige.  Also known as ‘the One in the Sea’, he resides in the depths of the ocean floor. It is said that Tang’waan’laanaa is responsible for supporting the world because he controls the flow of wealth that comes into the world.  He is also grandfather to Raven.

Tang’waan’laanaa is commonly portrayed holding a three-pronged spear to represent driftwood or a deadhead, the seafarer’s obstacles. Here Christian White has fashioned his so that it is reminiscent of Neptune’s trident, perhaps drawing an analogy to the Western version of the God of the Sea.

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Argillite, Catlanite, Duugust stone, Abalone shell, Mother of Pearl, Mastodon Ivory

Christian White’s monumental tribute to this ancient Haida legend is exquisitely carved and detailed with embellishments of precious Abalone, Mother of Pearl and Mastodon Ivory.

Tang’waan’laanaa featured significantly in the old Haida stories.  He is Chief of the undersea world, the highest deity of the Haida ocean spirits, a figure of power and prestige.  Also known as ‘the One in the Sea’, he resides in the depths of the ocean floor. It is said that Tang’waan’laanaa is responsible for supporting the world because he controls the flow of wealth that comes into the world.  He is also grandfather to Raven.

Tang’waan’laanaa is commonly portrayed holding a three-pronged spear to represent driftwood or a deadhead, the seafarer’s obstacles. Here Christian White has fashioned his so that it is reminiscent of Neptune’s trident, perhaps drawing an analogy to the Western version of the God of the Sea.

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