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Greg White Lightbown was born in 1953. He is a member of the Haida Nation, a group of First Peoples whose traditional territory comprises the northern coast of British Columbia on the Islands of Haida Gwaii and the southern coast of Alaska. Greg belongs to the Raven Clan, one of the two central family crests of the Haida. Greg comes from a strong line of artists, which includes his Great Grandfather the legendary Charles Edenshaw.
Carving in argillite for over 40 years, Greg's valuable and extensive knowledge of argillite carving has been an inspiration to many younger carvers. One such artist is Greg's own son, Gryn White. Gryn is an accomplished argillite carver and credits his father as his “strongest inspiration.”
Greg White Lightbown takes pride in creating traditional pieces with themese that strongly connect to his Haida heritage, while continuing to produce some of the most expertly created argillite pieces today.
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.