Christian White’s small argillite sculpture tells the story of Nanasimget.

Nanasimget pursues a killer whale who has kidnapped his wife. He enters the Undersea world of the killer whales, retrieves his wife and returns to land.

Chris White’s argillite sculpture shows Nanasimget riding the killer whale which has his wife in its mouth.
Christian White’s small argillite sculpture tells the story of Nanasimget.

Nanasimget pursues a killer whale who has kidnapped his wife. He enters the Undersea world of the killer whales, retrieves his wife and returns to land.

Chris White’s argillite sculpture shows Nanasimget riding the killer whale which has his wife in its mouth.

© 1998, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

Man on back of Killer Whale

Nanasimget and the killer whale; argillite Sculpture.

Sculpture by Christian White
Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay

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© Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay


Nanasimget’s story is also told in a pole belonging to the gakyals qiigawaay Raven clan of Skedans.

The Grizzly Bear crest belongs to the Raven clan family which owns this pole. The pole was once attached to a house in the village of Skedans. Descendants of the family live in the Haida village of Skidegate today.

The killer whale is shown in both its human or spirit form below, and its animal form above, sharing the same head in the centre.

The wife is shown upside down, wrapped around the killer whale’s dorsal fin, while Nanasimget clutches the whale’s tail at the top of the pole.
Nanasimget’s story is also told in a pole belonging to the gakyals qiigawaay Raven clan of Skedans.

The Grizzly Bear crest belongs to the Raven clan family which owns this pole. The pole was once attached to a house in the village of Skedans. Descendants of the family live in the Haida village of Skidegate today.

The killer whale is shown in both its human or spirit form below, and its animal form above, sharing the same head in the centre.

The wife is shown upside down, wrapped around the killer whale’s dorsal fin, while Nanasimget clutches the whale’s tail at the top of the pole.

© 1998, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

Pole

Alder House frontal pole from the Haida village of Skedans; carved from red cedar, circa 1880's.

Photo: Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay

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© Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay


Pole

Alder House frontal pole; view of mid-section.

Photo: Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay

© Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay


Pole

Alder House frontal pole; view of top section.

Photo: Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay

© Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Summarize the Haida story of the woman kidnapped by a killer whale in words and in pictures
  • Identify elements of Haida art and its importance to Haida culture
  • Name at least one modern Haida artist and reference one of their works

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