Ravens and Eagles, Spruce Root Weaver: Isabel Rorick
DirectorsJeff Bear Marianne Jones
ProducersJeff Bear Marianne Jones Ravens and Eagles Productions
- Release Date 2002
- Running Time 21.5 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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A weaver from Masset, British Columbia, Isabel Rorick uses spruce roots and makes some of the most intricate and beautiful hats and baskets in the Pacific Northwest. Related to both Florence Edenshaw Davidson and Selina Peratovich, Isabel comes from a long line of artists. Her great-great grandmother was the legendary weaver, Isabella Edenshaw. Taking a personal journey to North Beach on Haida Gwaii, Isabel harvests her own roots annually in a grueling and exhaustive process.
Shot on British Columbia's rugged northwest coast, Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art delves into the roots of traditional Haida art and traces the genesis of today's generation of Haida carvers, singers, dancers, weavers and performers. Over two series, Ravens and Eagles explores some of the wider historical and political issues of the repatriation of Haida artifacts, the vital potlatch ceremony once declared illegal by the Canadian government, and the fight to preserve old growth forest on Haida land. Created by Haida filmmaker Marianne Jones and Jeff Bear, Ravens and Eagles approaches Haida art and culture from the Haida perspective.
Titles included in Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art series 1:
- What is Haida Art? (23 minutes)
- Cedar Bark Weaver: Victoria Moody (22 minutes)
- Argillite Carver: Christian White (20 minutes)
- Carrying on the Tradition (21.5 minutes)
- The New Masters (22.5 minutes)
- Portrait of a Mask Maker: Reg Davidson (23 minutes)
- Journey of Song (22 minutes)
- Chiefly Possessions (23 minutes)
- Yahgu dang ang: To Pay Respect (22 minutes)
- Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn, Parts 1 & 2 (47 minutes)
- Paradox of Attribution (24 minutes)
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