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ON NOW When we think of the iconic im­agery of the Haida peo­ples of Bri­tish Columbia’s North­west Coast, it’s likely that the pic­ture in our mind’s eye can be traced to the work of Charles Eden­shaw. A master carver ac­tive in the 19th and early-20th cen­turies, Eden­shaw de­picted Haida sym­bols and nar­ra­tives beau­ti­fully crafted in wood, argillite, sil­ver and gold pieces— from util­i­tar­ian house­hold items to elab­o­rate model totem poles com­mis­sioned by traders and colonists. This sum­mer, the McMichael Cana­dian Art Col­lec­tion (page 43) sur­veys the artist’s un­ri­valled skill and nu­mer­ous stylis­tic in­no­va­tions (Eden­shaw also be­came known for work­ing with Euro­pean tropes), ul­ti­mately telling a story of artis­tic re­silience dur­ing a pe­riod that was none too kind to the Abo­rig­i­nal way of life.

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