Ravens and Eagles, Portrait of a Mask Maker: Reg Davidson
DirectorsJeff Bear Marianne Jones
ProducersJeff Bear Marianne Jones Ravens and Eagles Productions
- Release Date 2002
- Running Time 23 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Arts, Dance, First Nations, Indigenous, Music
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A maker of the most elaborate and sometimes outrageous masks, Reg Davidson is at the top of his class. Portrait of a Mask Maker joins him in his studio to watch him carve and share his views about Haida art. Reg does not consider himself an artist, though he has produced an impressive body of work and enjoyed a demand for his many masks. A singer and dancer of Haida traditional compositions, he collaborates with his older brother Robert in the interpretation of stories and characters. His unique personality allows for a broad, often comical, theatrical presentation of dance.
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)
- Spruce Root Weaver: Isabel Rorick (21.5 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)
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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