Raven and the Sun, Moon and the Stars Red Cedar Bentwood Box by Danielle Louise, Haida

This is a hand painted red cedar bentwood box by a Haida artist. Two sides are painted with an original design. 

Design Meaning: Raven is known as the trickster, shapeshifter and is a central character in the Haida oral history. Raven, through his mischievous ways, transformed himself into a child. In this form he stole the light from the chief's long house. When raven flew out of the smoke hole, he carried the light with him, and this is how light was brought to the world. The light then broke off to form the sun, moon and the stars.

What is a Bentwood Box:

A bentwood box is made using a technique where a single piece of wood is grooved, steamed and bent to form the four sides of a box. Bentwood boxes of all sizes were used by Haida and northwest coast nations to store treasured regalia, gathered food & supplies.

Dimensions: 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches x 6 inches tall

Material: Red cedar, acrylic paint 

Meet the Artist:

Danielle Louise, Haida

Since childhood, Danielle has been interested in creating; drawing, painting and building, using any materials she could get her hands on. Continuing her artistic exploration through her youth eventually brought her to choose to study Fashion Design and Fine Arts in post secondary education. The study of art brought a fresh new way of thinking to her life and opened her mind to unlimited ideas and potential; the development of her work benefitted greatly from this and her experimentation began, continuing to utilize all mediums and concepts that intrigued her. As her skills developed and she slowly narrowed her artistic vision, she started to educate herself more about her Haida culture and background. During this time she continued making work for galleries and shows creating acrylic paintings, block prints and mixed media pieces; but, in her spare time, she was reading up on the Haida culture and working on studies of great Haida master artists. She currently resides in Masset, Haida Gwaii, to continue her study of Haida art apprenticing with master carvers and artisans.  

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