K'aay.yas Gan Unsid (Elders Knowledge) by Cori Savard (Haida)

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Unframed: 10.75 × 30 inches

Printing technique: Serigraph  

Limited edition: This is a limited edition art print with the artist's original signature. Only 150 pieces were created. 


Artist Statement from Haida Artist, Cori Savard

"Where does our knowledge come from? To whom are we accountable for its survival? As we continue the work of reclaiming our culture, we honour the Ancestors' teachings. We honour the Elders who carry this knowledge forward for us. We honour the children who will one day take up this work.

From time immemorial we have accepted this responsibility. Our potential is illimitable when we listen to, and learn from one another."

Made by Haida artist Cori Savard, Yahl ‘Aadaas

Haida artist Cori Savard (Yahl ‘Aadaas) was born to the Yahgu’laanaas Raven clan on Haida Gwaii. Her family moved to Ottawa within a few years of her birth, but her connection to her Haida roots was maintained by weekly visits to the permanent collection of Haida works on display at the Canadian Museum of Civilizations in Gatineau, QC. Cori returned to Haida Gwaii in 2002, and quickly immersed herself in the art of her ancestors. Exploring 2 dimensional design, cedar weaving, painting and taking part in multiple design workshops taught by Robert Davidson in Old Massett and Skidegate.

Cori is a former recipient of the YVR youth scholarship award as well as the YVR Frank O'Neill visionary award. These awards enabled her to begin and maintain a formal apprenticeship working with renowned Haida artist Reg Davidson in Old Massett. Over the course of 8 years, Cori learned carving techniques applicable to masks, sculptures and monumental works, taking part in multiple totem pole projects.

Cori now lives and works from her home studio in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii and maintains a working relationship with her mentor Reg. She also spent time learning from and working with the late Ben Davidson, expanding her knowledge and skills in painting and carving in his studio and gallery in Skidegate. 

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