BC Native Art


This gallery contains images I took while (re-) visiting the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, B.C. The museum features the art of the indigenous people of British Columbia, particularly the Haida. Growing up in this area I have always been drawn to the clean lines of their art form as well as their exceptionally high standards of craftsmanship and the desire to constantly improve their skills.

The Haida fashioned for themselves a world of costumes and adornments, tools and structures, with spiritual dimensions appropriate to each. The decorations on the objects they created were statements of social identity, or reminders of rights and prerogatives bestowed on their ancestors by supernatural beings, or of lessons taught to them through mythic encounters with the animals, birds, fish or other beings whose likenesses were embodied in the crests passed down through generations.