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Haida artist Clarence Mills was born at Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia in 1958. He is a member of the Eagle Clan and takes the Spirit Raven and Grizzly Bear as his crests.
His grandfather Jimmy Wilson was hereditary Chief Skedans. His great-grandfather, carver Henry Young, gave him his Haida name – Gahghinskuss, meaning ‘out of your own land’.
With guidance from his uncle, Doug Wilson, Clarence began studying traditional Haida art at the age of eighteen. He carves argillite, ivory, gold and silver Jewellery, cedar boxes, bowls, doors, plaques, limited edition prints, and recently, monumental size totem poles for international events.
Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...
Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Eagle is an ...
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