The Jade Canoe

Was out at YVR again today, picking up one of my favourite people and of course visiting my all time favourite sculpture:  The Jade Canoe.   There's a picture of it on the Canadian $20 bills.  It has Mouse woman... and Dogfish woman... and the Raven and the Wolf and the Bear mother with her husband and her children... all from the Haida stories.  Kind of like if someone made a sculpture of, say, an airplane, with characters from our folktales and stories... maybe Robin Hood, and Cinderella, and maybe Pinocchio or some such.  What characters would you include, what do you think would represent who you are?  I think that's what Bill Reid was trying to accomplish here. I'll post a photo soon but until then, here is what the Bill Reid Foundation has to say about it.

Here is a link to a number of Haida stories:

http://www.native-languages.org/haida-legends.htm

 

the Bear family

http://www.pyramidmesa.com/haida2.htm

 

Dogfish woman:

http://books.google.ca/books?id=VCWZB8i0ah4C&pg=PA145&lpg=PA145&dq=dogfish+woman+haida&source=bl&ots=qe7LgMYzfw&sig=-KMKPQJ5LVhmDHufl-CIE6Q0WB4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=65WmUIu5BM_iigKHpYCoDA&ved=0CB0Q6AEwADgU#v=onepage&q=dogfish%20woman%20haida&f=false

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