Salmon Dance II Framed Print
April White, or SGaana Jaad (Killer Whale Woman) was born on Haida Gwaii, of Yahgu’jaanaas Raven Clan. Through her father, she is a direct descendant of the renowned Stastas Eagle Chief and Haida artist, Charles Edenshaw and Dadens Yaghu’jaanaas Raven and Haida weaver, Isabella Edenshaw. She is a self-taught painter; however, White’s natural artistic inclination stems from her Haida heritage, where being an artist is an honoured profession. White received her Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a geologist in remote areas of Western Canada, an experience which has helped her develop the visual faculty essential to creating her artworks. White currently lives and works both in Powell River and Haida Gwaii.
“The Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast believed that Salmon are Supernatural Beings with Human Spirits. They lived in villages deep under the ocean. In the spring, these Salmon People put on their outerwear of shiny skins and swam through the sea on their journey to dance at the mouths of rivers, before they willingly swam upstream to present themselves as food for the Human Beings. After the Salmon were eaten, with great respect, they put the complete fish skeleton back in the water with the belief that their Human Spirit would rise again and the flesh of the Salmon People would regenerate, continuing this cycle of life.
History speaks of these spirits giving generously; they were the integral link between mere survival for these peoples and the freedom to enrich their lives through the exploration and development of their art and culture.”
- Limited edition framed serigraph print
- Dimensions: 27” x 20” frame; 22” x 14.5” print
- Edition of 55
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