K’aaxada Aal (Dogfish) Cedar Paddle by Raven Thorgeirson (Haida)

Material: Cedar, acrylic paint 

Dimensions: 42.25 x 6 x 1.5 inches


The Dogfish, known as K'aaxada Aal in the Haida language, is depicted in blue and black to symbolize its connection to the ocean. Notice how the fins, gills, ribs, and tongue are painted blue, featuring sharp, pointed details and the exaggerated spines of the Dogfish. This gives the design a sense of movement and highlights the artist's  interpretation of a dogfish.

Raven's work is inspired by the natural surroundings as well, as she spends much of her time fishing and on the land.

Raven developed a love for painting paddles after creating many for potlatches on Haida Gwaii. Her years of experience are evident in the precision of each line and designs, which are created to match the unique canvas of a paddle. 

 Design & painting by Haida artist,Raven Thorgeirson: 

Raven Thorgeirson is from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii and is from the Naa Saagaas X̲aaydaGaay Eagle clan. Raven got her beginnings in Haida art working with Robin Rorick and Ben Davidson after graduating high school. For her post-secondary education she attended Emily Carr University of Art & Design and Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. She has also worked at Haida Gwaii Museum and enjoys learning about her culture and sharing it with others. She now carves monumental Haida art with master carver and chief, Jim Hart and his crew.

In her work Raven strives to share a story that engages the audience’s curiosity, memories, and imagination. She also wants to share the visual language of her culture, like her ancestors did for thousands of years.

Paddle made by Wayne Edenshaw (Haida).

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