Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
|Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas|
|Born||1954 (age 59–60)|
|Known for||Painting, sculpture, carving|
Coppers from the Hood
Pedal to the Meddle
|Movement||Indigenous art, Haida manga|
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." 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.
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.
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."
- A Tale of Two Shamans (2001)
- 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)
- "Michael Nicoll: Artist Profile." Virtual Museum Canada. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- The Declaration of Interdependence's web site, retrieved 2013-01-11
- Author bio at his publisher's web site, ISBN 1553653726, retrieved 2013-01-11.
- "Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Graphic Art Production", about Yahgulanaas's "Old Growth" gallery showing, at Grunt Gallery. retrieved 2013-01-11.