Young Man III 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, April’s natural artistic inclination stems from her Haida heritage, where being an artist is an honoured profession. April 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. April currently lives and works both in Powell River and Haida Gwaii.
This print is part of the Herring People Series. “Iinang Xaadee (Herring People) play a vital role in the ecosystem. They nurture, feed, give of themselves to keep beings alive in all realms – undersea, earth and sky. When balance prevails, Herring People gather to dance in their great longhouse in such great numbers and with such vigour that the atmosphere overhead reverberates with their excitement. Now, Human Beings see Herring solely as a resource, blinded, not seeing their true value, only seeing monetary gain at the expense of the whole.
“Let me see you, so that I can tell your story.” These words fly with an arcing toss into the ether as I traverse the natural world with thoughts turned to encountering the Supernatural. Long ago a Iihlangaa (Young Man) looked inside as the Herring People danced in their great longhouse. As he withdrew, he tasted the eggs spawned onto his facial hair: revulsed, he threw his moustache away with the eggs. Then, experimentally, he broke off a hemlock branch and pushed it into the house, and upon pulling it out he tasted the eggs laid thick on the needles. He smiled, enjoying the flavour and knowing that when the Herring danced, they would sustain him.” —April White
- Limited edition serigraph print
- Dimensions: 31” x 17.5” frame; 22” x 8” print
- Edition of 55
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