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MASK
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16.1/ 128
Culture: HAIDA
Locale: BC
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD, HAIR, STRING
Dimensions: L:30 W:21 (in CM)
Subject: REPRESENTS GAGIIT
Acquisition Year: 1905
Donor: EDENSHAW, HENRY
Artist: EDENSHAW, CHARLES
Keywords: MASK
Category: COSTUME
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One of only two known masks by the great Haida artist Charles Edenshaw (ca.1839-1920) represents a gagiit, someone who has barely escaped drowning and has lost his/her mind. John Swanton purchased the mask for AMNH from Henry Edenshaw (a relative of Charles) in 1905. This mask has been exhibited and published numerous times and is on permanent display in the Northwest Coast Hall.
Exhibition History:
CHARLES EDENSHAW. VANCOUVER ART GALLERY, VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA. October 2012 - June 2013
RAVEN TRAVELLING: TWO CENTURIES OF HAIDA ART. VANCOUVER ART GALLERY, VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA. May 2006 - October 2006
DOWN FROM THE SHIMMERING SKY. VANCOUVER ART GALLERY, VANCOUVER, CANADA. October 1997 - May 2000
Publication History:
CHARLES EDENSHAW. WRIGHT, ROBIN K AND DAINA AUGAITIS, CURATORS. EXHIBITION CATALOG. Publisher: BLACK DOG PUBLISHING, LONDON, UK. 2013
ANTHROPOLOGY UNMASKED: MUSEUMS, SCIENCE AAND POLITICS IN NEW YORK CITY. FREED, STANLEY A. Publisher: ORANGE FRAZER PRESS. 2012
RAVEN TRAVELLING: TWO CENTUIRES OF HAIDA ART. AUGAITIS, DAINA ET AL. EXHIBITION CATALOG. Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESS. 2006
NORTHERN HAIDA MASTER CARVERS. WRIGHT, ROBIN K. Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESS. 2001
DOWN FROM THE SHIMMERING SKY: MASKS OF THE NORTHWEST COAST. MACNAIR, PETER, JOSEPH, AND GRENVILLE. EXHIBITION CATALOG. Publisher: THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY. 1990
FROM THE LAND OF THE TOTEM POLES. JONAITIS, ALDONA. 1988
Additional Resources:
RECIPROCAL RESEARCH NETWORK (Online tool to facilitate reciprocal and collaborative research about cultural heritage from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia)


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