Father of Haida manga

Haida Art, by Thomas Granade

Haida Art, Photo by Thomas Granade

Red, a comic by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Courtesy of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Red, a comic by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Courtesy of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Manga, iStockphoto

Manga, iStockphoto

Story adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 2
March 2010

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a Haida artist.
He was born in Prince Rupert, B.C. in 1954.
But Michael was raised in Haida Gwaii
The old name for Haida Gwaii is Queen Charlotte Islands*.

Why did Michael start drawing manga?

One day, some Japanese students visited Haida Gwaii, B.C.
They told Michael that his art looked like
Japanese comic books.
These books are called “manga”.

Soon after, Michael started to retell old stories.
He mixes traditional Haida art
and new Japanese animation.

Michael’s books have won many awards.

Michael does other art, too.
He works with metal and wood.
His exhibits are in Canada and all over the world.
Click here to see his work.


Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Photo by Glenn Baglo, The Vancouver Sun

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Osgemeos paint a monster mural in Vancouver


Artist duo Osgemeos painting a very large mural on Granville Island.
(Photo: Ric Ernst / The Province)

Did you know? “Monster” has several meanings, including: a) something large; b) a strange animal

Vancouver is going to have new public art soon.

Osgemeos is an artist duo from Brazil.
Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo are twins.
Together they paint giant murals
and public art.

They are going to paint six concrete silos on Granville Island.
It is going to be a 23,500-foot monster-mural.

The artists chose the silos for their project.
They want to create the largest mural ever.
It will be famous!

The mural will be revealed on September 7th
at Ocean Concrete on Granville Island.

(Source: The Province)

Survivors Totem Pole

Tim Vo Totem poles undergoing carving and on display

An example of totem poles being carved
(Photo: Tim Vo / CC, Flickr)

Level 3

Skundaal is a carver. She is Haida and Coast Salish.

She is carving a special totem pole. The log is 980 years old.
It will honour survivors from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
A survivor is someone who has had a difficult life but has remained strong.

The totem pole will be raised in Fall 2014. There will be a great ceremony.
It will be a symbol for community and strength.

Money is being raised for the project. People can donate money to help.
You can watch the video about the totem pole on this website.
You can also donate on the website.