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Gary Minaker-Russ is one of the foremost carvers of argillite at the present time. He has developed a distinctive carving style and is renowned for his imaginative and powerful interpretations of the ancient Haida legends. His carving is characterized by traditional form and content, displaying an unpolished aesthetic in the traditional sense. His works exhibit a profound understanding of sculptural form and sensitivity to the subject matter.
Gary is from the Eagle Clan with Beaver, Sculpin, Frog and Black Whale Crest. He is a carver of poles, sculpture, boxes, bowls and jewellery using argillite, ivory, and whale's teeth.
Minaker-Russ has been working in argillite since approximately 1977. He studied under his brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Faye Russ, for a number of years while learning the stories, forms and techniques essential to his craft.
In 2008, Carol Sheehan featured Gary and thirteen other argillite carvers in her book 'Breathing Stone.' Minaker-Russ is represented in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec, and the Royal British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria, BC. His works are included in important collections internationally.
The story of Nanasimgit has long been told amongst the Haida, and Tsimshian of the Northern North...
The story of Nanasimgit has long been told amongst the Haida, and Tsimshian of the Northern Northwest Coast. Amongst the Tsimshian, Nanasimgit is known as Gunarhnesemgyet or Gunar. The story tells of a woman being taken by the Killer Whales and made to marry. Nanasimgit ventures to the home of the Killer Whales to retrieve his wife and bring her home (Barbeau 1953: 269-286).
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