We often get questions about how to care for jewelry whether it be silver, gold, copper, or argillite. It’s important to stay informed about the type of metal or stone you are wearing in order to preserve and care for it properly. Since Haida-carved silver jewelry is particularly popular for its look and craftsmanship, we thought we’d start with that first.Read More
As people are looking to experience Haida Gwaii and learn more about Haida culture, we regularly receive questions about Haida art and how to go about purchasing a piece, whether that be jewelry, a carving, or sometimes even a 50 ft pole. (Yes people do go shopping for Haida carved poles. How do you fit that in your suitcase??)Read More
Take a look back into the Crystal Cabin archives! We hope you enjoy as we explore the work of the many Haida carvers and artists who we’ve had the pleasure to know over the years, such as: Christian White, Gitsxaa (Ron Wilson), Alfie Collinson, Ding Hutchingson, Vernon White, Carmen Goertzen, Ron Russ, Chris Russ, Myles Edgars, Mike Brown, Marcel Russ, Garner Moody, Leon Ridley, Robert Vogstad, Clayton Gladstone, Gregory Williams, Steve Hansen, Norman Bentley, Derek White, George Yeltatzie and many more! For over 30 years Crystal Cabin has been a hub of Haida jewelry and fine arts, and we want to share our collection with you!Read More
Meet George Yeltatzie, Haida Carver from Masset, Haida Gwaii
Carver of Silver and Copper Jewelry with Passion for Three-dimensional Work
George Yeltazie, who is of Haida and British ancestry was born in 1950 in Skidegate and grew up in Masset, Haida Gwaii, where he currently resides.
George began pursuing artwork and the creative expression in the 1970s. He started with drawing and fondly remembers the artistic inspiration that came from drawing horses that roamed free around Masset.
George, who considers himself a spiritual person, is inspired by animals, their messages, and the universe around us. Much of his work is influenced by his connection to animals and the signs and symbols in nature. George started getting into spirituality in the 1980s. As he developed spiritually, so did his artwork.
He has worked in many mediums, including drawing, painting, argillite, silver, copper, and today can be found experimenting in 3-dimensional artwork, which gives life to his pieces.
George develops his craft by trying new techniques and mediums, including ivory, titanium, and other new materials.
Browse some of George’s latest work: