Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Born 1954 (age 59–60)
Nationality Haida
Known for Painting, sculpture, carving
Notable work(s) Hachidori
Coppers from the Hood
Pedal to the Meddle
Movement Indigenous art, Haida manga

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (born 1954) is a visual artist, and creator of Haida manga, from Delkatla in Masset on Haida Gwaii.

Early life[edit]

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas was born in 1954 in Masset, Haida Gwaii. He is a descendant of the influential Haida artists, Isabella and Charles Edenshaw, a member of the Saangaahl laanas sdastaas clan. Yahgulanaas was raised by John Bruce and Babs Hageman in Delkatla. His Haida name, Yahladaas means "White Raven."[1] In the early 1990s he served as elected Chief Councillor of the Old Massett First Nation, one of the two contemporary Haida communities and was active in the creation of an islands-wide community endowment, the Gwaii Trust.

Art career[edit]

Yahladaas' artwork is exhibited in Japan, Korea, England, and Canada. In addition to works on paper, mulberry bark, canvases and metal sculptures, he continues to publish books. The original five–meter long mural that was published in 2009 as RED, a Haida manga is on a multi-year exhibit tour. Another book, Hachidori has sold over 100,000 copies in Japan with a single-day record sale of 20,000 copies. Flight of the Hummingbird, first published in North America and now available in five languages, is also a bestseller and includes essays contributed by the Dalai Lama and Nobel Peace prize winner Wangari Maathai. Declaration of Interdependence by Dr David Suzuki was illustrated by Yahgulanaas.[2][3]

Yahgulanaas's works in metal include commissions from the British Museum (2010), The City of Vancouver (2011) and the 2010 Winter Olympics organizing committee.

Haida manga[edit]

Although Yahgulanaas trained under master carvers, his brief exposure to Chinese brush techniques with Cai Ben Kwan encouraged a departure from the typical expressions of the Haida art form and the development of a new genre of narrative art called "Haida manga."[4]

Published works[edit]

  • A Tale of Two Shamans (2001)[1]
  • The Last Voyage of the Black Ship (2001)
  • A Lousy Tale (2004)
  • Hachidori (2005)
  • Flight of the Hummingbird (2008)
  • RED, A Haida Manga (2009)
  • The Canoe He Called Loo Taas— illustrations (2010)
  • The Little Hummingbird (2010)
  • The Declaration of Interdependence— illustrations (2010)
  • Red: A Haida Manga, ISBN 978-1-55365-353-0, (2009)
  • The Canoe He Called Loo Taas, ISBN 9780978255367, (2010)
  • Old Growth: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Liz Park, ed. ISBN 978-1897476963 (2012)


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