YAHGULANAAS DISCUSSES “HAIDA MANGA”, 01.18

The Huffington Post recently spotlighted Michael Yahgulanaas’ work as an artist and particularly his use of Formline as a technique. The artist’s unique and visually dynamic form of storytelling is the result of a blend of Haida cultural memory and Asian brush techniques.

“According to Yahgulanaas, manga is better adapted to the narrative style and specific characteristics of Haida oral traditions than Western comics…The blending of the two styles is also a political statement, relegating European-American visual influences to the background, with their associations of colonialism and domination of Indigenous cultures.”


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MICHAEL YAHGULANAAS WORK AT THE MET, 08.17

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas's Yelthadaas has been recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and is on display on the first floor between the Modern and Contemporary Art wing and the Rockefeller Wing.

"Yelthadaas" is from the artist’s Coppers from the Hood series – pieces made from the hoods of cars, in homage to the Haida coppers which are traditionally exchanged during potlatches.


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MICHAEL YAHGULANAAS IN THE VANCOUVER SUN, 06.13

An article by Kevin Griffin for the Vancouver Sun discusses “The Seriousness of Play,” an exhibition of work by Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas. In it Yahgulanaas describes his relationship to work and play, and stresses that “you have to have a whole lot of faith in what you’re doing. You have to be very sensitive to what people have invested in ways of looking at the world. It’s a risky business – it’s work. The reason why it works for me is because I make it play.”

Read the full article below.