Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn, Part 1 & 2 • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn, Part 1 & 2 • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

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Part of the Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art series

One of the most intriguing contemporary artists of his generation, Robert Davidson stands apart internationally with his innovative and staggering output of high art. In his quest to make beautiful objects, Robert has inspired a new approach to Haida art, becoming a master of several media and pursuing a lofty cultural objective. After raising the first totem pole in Haida Gwaii in 1967, Robert began to learn many of the Haida songs and dances existing on record. This remarkable work has spurred Haida dance groups up and down the Pacific coast. Robert returns to his early years and reveals the direct and indirect influences of his Nonnie ("grandmother" in Haida), Florence Edenshaw Davidson, the daughter of the 20th century master Charles Edenshaw. She became an unsuspecting player in Robert's evolution as an artist, inspiring him long after her passing. Robert Davidson: The Eagle of the Dawn is a rare portrait of one of the great masters of contemporary art.

Special DVD features include:

• Abstract Edge 14 minutes • 2005

A short piece that showcases Robert’s solo exhibit in galleries and museums throughout Canada until December 2007.

• The Old Masters 18 minutes • 2005

An intimate discussion with Robert Davidson about the masterpieces in storage at the Royal British Columbia Museum.


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)
Paradox of Attribution (24 minutes)

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