Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
From Michael’s website:
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a very active player in a vibrant shift in the comfortably familiar world of Canada’s iconic First Nations’ art. After a career that spanned three decades of involvement in high-profile Haida political successes, Yahgulanaas decided to finally apply his formal training in classic Haida design.
He takes from an extensive corpus of Haida narratives and transforms them into contemporary, accessible and socially relevant Art. Yahgulanaas invented a new genre of graphic narrative called Haida Manga – part Haida, part Asian, and all Michael – to combat the simplistic narratives perpetrated about Indigenous People of the Pacific Coast. He’s telling another story altogether: of complex human beings struggling, loving and dreaming just like everyone else.
Social and environmental issues continue to play a big role in his works and when blended with his passionate belief in the power of the small Yahgulanaas is clearly adeptly blending appealing imagery with contemporary issues.