We are very happy to introduce our Haida Canoes!
Paddle over some of the routes of the ancient Haida.
The experience is awesome!
Designed by Haida Master Carver Christian White
An ancient design in a modern medium.
The pattern for our Haida canoes were taken from an original cedar dugout canoe and constructed in fibreglass and wood and trimmed in red and yellow cedar.
CHRISTIAN M. WHITE
Masset, Haida Gwaii
Christian White, whose Haida name is Kilthgulaans, was born in 1962 and is from the Dadens Yakulanass Raven Clan in Old Massett, Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. His work is in the traditional Haida style, crafted in argillite, wood, silver, gold and ivory.
He began carving full time at the age of fourteen. His first teacher was his father, Morris White, who carved in argillite and silver. Later he was influenced by older cousins who had begun carving in the late 60’s and who were developing their own modern style of forms that were characteristically quite flowing. They taught him to inlay his work by just watching and taking in what they described.
In the past few years his father and he have revived the art of canoe building and totem pole carving in Old Massett.
His work has been exhibited widely and is included in numerous private and museum collections including the Queen Charlotte Island Museum in Skidegate and the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.