Hawk Moon Face Argillite Pendant
Marcel Russ

Marcel Russ
Haida Nation

Marcel Russ was born March 10, 1973 in Queen Charlotte City, Haida Gwaii. Marcel Russ is from the Raven Clan. His parents raised him, after whom he takes his rightful place as a Haida, according to the clan system. Major influences in his life have been his culture, the lifestyle, and the values of his people. Being raised with the influences of native heritage helped to shape his unique world view, values and beliefs. Artisans who influenced him from an early age were his father Ron Russ, his Grandfather, and his Uncle, Chris Russ. The Russ’s are well known argillite carvers of the Haida Nation. Marcel’s ancestors on his Grandmother’s side of his family were also renowned carvers. At the age of eight, Marcel began to carve argillite and at the age of twelve he started carving wood. His argillite and wood carvings have been collected internationally and can even be found in the permanent collection at the Museum of Northern British Columbia. In the Spring of 1999 he exhibited with his father at the Museum of Man in New York. Marcel’s art reflects his interest in the complexity of multiple meanings. Raven, the trickster figure especally inspires him -- a figure of great power with human weeknesses. Currently, he explores the movement of transforming identities, the animal and human world, the changing shapes of the Raven, the Human, the Sea Wolf and the Killerwhale.

One of Marcel’s goals is to document on film his carving of a totem pole, from the selection fo the tree to the pole raising ceremony. He also looks forward to writing a book about his art, the culture of his peoples, and his travels. As an artist, Marcel enjoys carving intricate designs out of argillite and wood. Marcel’s work often incorporates contemporary ideas into traditional design. Each piece of work that he starts has to be ‘finished’ in his mind before he picks up his tools that will bring it to life. Carving is not a career or hobby for Marce, but rather a dedication to the beauty and strength of his heritage. Through his carving, he hopes to create an awareness and respect for the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest. Marcel resides in Prince Rupert with his family.
Hawk Moon Face Argillite Pendant
Hawk Moon Face Argillite Pendant
Object Origin:
Marcel Russ
argillite with Sterling silver backing
1 x 7/8 x 3/4 inch