- Object Origin:
- Coast Salish
- Randy Stiglitz
- alder wood, golden cedar bark braiding
- 12 x 10 x 7 inches
- Archived Artwork
Rare Haida Raven and the Mountain mask
Very rare and special Haida myth as told in this stunning mask by Randy Stiglitz. The myth (as it was told to me!), tells of the Raven challanging the Mountain spirit - known in Haida language as Qinggi" for his home. Qinggi knocks off the Raven's beak andSwears it to show the people his strength. This stunning mask depicts the Raven atop the Mountain Spirit's head while he has adorned himself with the beak of the Raven. Ironically, later in the myth Qinggi adopts the Raven into his family as his son.
Randy is widely regarded as an one of a handful of elite Coast Salish artists and his artwork is in the highest demand by top galleries throughtout North America. Randy has the unique ability to find the spirit within a raw block of alder and bring it to dramatic life, he says "each piece of wood whispers to me what it will become". Randy Stiglitz is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born of Salish and Cree descent on August 17, 1953. Through his interest in the Native arts, he moved to the Capilano Indian reservation at the age of seventeen. After spending five years there, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he worked under the direction of master carver Gene Brabant. He continues to explore the carving traditions of both Salish, Kwakiutl and Tlingit cultures. His work is widely shown at major galleries throughout North America and can be easily viewed online by doing a simple google search of his name.