Queen Charlotte Islands Art

Queen Charlotte Islands Art

Queen Charlotte Islands

Queen Charlotte Islands

For over fifteen thousands years the Queen Charlotte Islands have been the home of indigenous people named the Haida. Their spirituality, art, culture and legends have transformed everyone who visits this unique paradise at the edge of the world. The supernatural nature of its mystical wilderness is pervasive throughout the islands. It is a place to become immersed in a pristine natural beauty, a unique style of art and a way of life which continues to enthral the world.

All aspects of Haida art is highly spiritual. Social identity, according to their legends, has been bestowed upon them by the gods and their art embodies these standards. Art pervades all dimensions of their reality. Magnificent decorations adorn their canoes and totem poles as well as all other trappings of their cosmology. For instance, there are copper shields, ivory pendants, argillite carvings, baskets, capes, button blankets, gold jewellery, silver bracelets, food containers, storage chests, chief’s seats and specially designed house fronts.

Their art style, which represents a variety of supernatural happenings, has been a subject of admiration by all other world cultures for thousands of years. It is the representation of souls undergoing transformations and awaiting rebirth into a world linked to the land and sea. The depth of its artistic creativity is unsurpassed.

The whole area of the Queen Charlotte Islands is teeming with myriad different forms of life which provide the subject matter for their masterpieces.

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