Chiefly Possessions • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

Chiefly Possessions • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

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Part of the Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art series

The accumulation of wealth has been linked to the collection of high art throughout most of human existence. With Haida culture, this is particularly true. In the potlatch system, a practice outlawed by the federal government during the early 20th century, the display of crests and the carving of totems were usually at the behest of important chiefs.

Jim Hart became Chief 7Idansuu (Edenshaw) in 1998. In an elaborate ceremony, he took possession of a chiefly name and along with it the range of art that becomes part of the chief's regalia. In preparation, Hart carved a 60-foot totem pole, commissioned a headdress frontlet and the weaving of a chief's robe, and organized a two-day potlatch. In Chiefly Possessions, Chief 7Idansuu recalls the event two years later, offering a glimpse of the process during a trip to his clan's traditional village site at Kiusta.


Titles included in this series:

What is Haida Art? (23 minutes)
Spruce Root Weaver: Isabel Rorick (21.5 minutes)
Cedar Bark Weaver: Victoria Moody (22 minutes)
Argillite Carver: Christain 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)
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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