The Magic Leaves
A History of Haida Argillite CarvingBook - 2002
Haida artists have created and sold argillite carvings since the 1820s. Unique in style and character, they ranges from ceremonial pipes to model poles, animal-form bowls to elaborate platters and chests.
Peter Macnair and Alan Hoover recount the history of Haida argillite carving since it began in the early 1800s, and they describe more than 200 examples from the extensive collection of the Royal BC Museum. Argillite is a dense, black shale mined from a quarry on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), reserved for the exclusive use of Haida carvers. Argillite works are unique in style and character, ranging from ceremonial pipes and model poles to elaborate platters and chests.