New Wood Carving by Steve Hansen

Txeemsim by Steve Hansen, Nisga’a & Haida Artist

“Txeemsim, who is sent by his grandfather to the Nisga’a people to help bring from darkness to light. The red cedar and yellow cedar inlays represent the darkness and light of the world in which the Nisga’a were living in. The face emerging from top is Txeemsim. The symbolism of the surrounding circles is that of the suns of our solar system and the winged planet seen in many ancient myths and lore.”

Materials: The piece is made of alder with inlay of red and yellow cedar from the northwest region. 

Dimensions: 11 inches tall x 7.5 inches wide x 2 inches thick.

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What’s New at Crystal Cabin! Haida Silver Pendants by Artist Ding Hutchingson

The advantage of being in Haida Gwaii, our connections with talented Haida artists, and that we’re artists ourselves – means many new treasures to share with you!   

Ding Hutchingson’s work in silver is widely recognized for its use of negative space. By utilizing cutouts he is able to create beautiful silhouettes of Haida crests. Hutchingson is from the Skedans Raven Clan of the Haida Nation. He has been creating art for over 45 years and currently resides locally in Haida Gwaii.

This round hummingbird and flower silver pendant representing femininity and beauty. Shop this pendant:  http://www.crystalcabingallery.com/shop/haida-jewellery/haida-hummingbird-silver-pendant 

Three salmon swimming upstream representing life and creation. Shop this pendant: http://www.crystalcabingallery.com/shop/haida-jewellery/haida-salmon-silver-pendant

This round silver pendant is a wolf, which is a crest of the Haida. Shop this pendant: http://www.crystalcabingallery.com/shop/haida-jewellery/haida-wolf-silver-pendant

Two killer whales are depicted in this carved pendant. Shop this piece:  http://www.crystalcabingallery.com/shop/haida-jewellery/haida-killer-whale-silver-pendant

This pendant is a silver Haida Eagle. Shop this piece:  http://www.crystalcabingallery.com/shop/haida-jewellery/haida-eagle-pendant-cutout

Shop our full Haida silver jewelry selection now: http://www.crystalcabingallery.com/shop/haida-jewellery/

Thousands of Copper Nails Hammer the Message of Reconciliation, Healing & Strength

Last weekend on Saturday, April 1st 2017 at the University of British Columbia was the historic pole raising of the Reconciliation Pole, carved by Master Haida Carver and Hereditary Chief 7idansuu (Jim Hart) of the Haida Nation.

This pole recognizes and pays respect to the past, present, and current-day experiences of Aboriginal people across Canada who were impacted and continue to be impacted by the residential school system.

Thousands of copper nails were hammered into the pole by survivors, families of victims and survivors, and children to pay tribute to the thousands of deaths of Aboriginal children who attended residential school.

Here’s a closer look at these symbolic and powerful copper nails. Thank you to Vince Collison for sharing his photos.