Paradox of Attribution • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

Paradox of Attribution • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

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Part of the Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art series

Haida art had reached a very sophisticated stage of development by the time of the Haida people's first contact with Europeans. Nearly every household item was adorned with carved or painted crests. Missionaries saw the art as the work of the devil; but ethnologists were looking for material culture they could use in museum dioramas in New York and Chicago.

There has been debate in academic circles about who created turn of the century masterpieces of Haida art. In a discussion about the old Masters, Paradox of Attribution re-visits some of the artists in a final roundup of Haida artists defining Haida art. Many historical masterpieces are featured in this sweeping overview. Director Marianne Jones, herself a Haida eagle clan member, leads a tour of some of the old village sites where art once stood on the shores. She poses an interesting dilemma: Does attribution really matter? Or is it best left as a paradox?


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)
Chiefly Possessions (23 minutes)
Yahgu dang ang: "To Pay Respect" (22 minutes)
Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn, Parts 1 & 2 (47 minutes)

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