This hanging Haida Wall art tile would make a perfect gift for someone you love. This wall tile measures 3″ (7.5cm) and is one of a kind. It was glazed in a clear glaze and fired a 3rd time with a Haida Whale image.
Please note that this a limited run of tiles. Once it is complete, I will not be making more.
All tiles are made of a high density, vitreous porcelain clay. I concentrate on utilizing glazes that have an inherent variability and a rich tactile surface, not unlike those used in Arts & Crafts ceramics and unattainable in mass-produced commercial tiles.
Please allow 4-8 weeks for back orders.
The Haida peoples main territory is the archipelago of Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) in northern British Columbia, but a group known as the Kaigani Haida live across the Dixon Entrance on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. I was profoundly impressed by their mythology, social organization, art and inheritance. Brave warriors and skillful crafts people, they tried to live in harmony and peace with surrounding world showing fine and fulfilling balance between humanity and the natural and supernatural worlds. With continued exposure to the pressures, both spiritual and material, of European culture this balance was disrupted, and the traditional Haida way of life came close to extinction. Today, however, the Haida regard their future with hope, bolstered by recent developments that hold great potential for reinforcing their cultural revival.
The Orca or Killer Whale is one of the most valued and respected animals by Haida people. The Haida peoples have an extremely specific set of beliefs regarding killer whales, and they run strong to this day. These Native People establish parallels between killer whales and human life. They believe that killer whales function in the water like people do on the earth. They also believe the aquatic creatures are capable of seizing people and turning them into whales. As a result, killers whales that are noticed swimming close to land are thought of as being humans attempting to reconnect with their long-lost kin. Killer Whales often travel in family groups known as pods and also hunt in packs like the wolf so are referred to as sea wolves.
The Whale is a popular symbol for romance as they mate for life. It is because of this nature that they are known for their strong sense of family values and unity in numbers. Thus, killer whales are frequently regarded as symbols of the importance and value of family. The killer whale design is also connected to strong health. It is believed that killer whales are capable of doing away with illness. When they spot killer whales in the water, they request the banishment of illness by puffing water in the direction of the creature.