Journey of Song • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

Journey of Song • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

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Part of the Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art series

Songs remain one of the strongest links to the nearly extinct Haida language. Three women explain how art is linked to songs and language and how all are intertwined with Haida culture. Terri Lynne Davidson is re-learning the ancestral songs once sung by her Nonnie ("grandmother" in Haida), an exploration that brings the singer closer to her heritage and to Haida art, history and lineage. Nika Collison and Irene Mills work together to learn their people's ancient and sacred songs. They delve into the meaning of Haida dances, highlighting the significance of crests on blankets and the songs to which they are connected. The pair also share the conviction that masks were not originally carved to hang on walls, but to be used in performance and ceremony. Together these three women reveal the vitality that can come from a journey of song.


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)
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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