A Kaigani Haida term meaning “Stories.”
Artist’s collection. Duatone on 18 inches
by 24 inches on gloss
The Illustrations are for a small book of the same name with Lillian Pittviel telling some twelve short stories in her Native language.
In 1991, I had a leg injury that required me to keep it elevated for some time and unable to do any major carving. As luck would have it, I was asked to illustrate Gyaehlingaay, a little publication featuring stories by Haida elder Lillian Pettviel. The text was written in both the Haida language and English, co-authored by Carol Eastman and Elizabeth Edwards.
I informed the authors that I was a carver, not an illustrator, and that the two weeks allotted to complete the job was short notice. When I was also informed that there was no available money I laughed and said, “in that case, I accept.” The drawings are quite amateurish, but it was fun. Since I wasn’t to be paid, I had the twelve illustrations printed in “duotone” and packaged as a portfolio. They are available for purchase.