Learning from the Masters: Recarving the Great Box

Event date
Event time
14:30 - 15:30
Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road
Venue details

Entry via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Event type
Gallery tours / talks
Event cost
Free entry
Disabled access?
Booking required
Not required

In September 2014 two Haida carvers, Gwaii Edenshaw and Jaalen Edenshaw, came to the Pitt Rivers Museum to learn by doing: to reclaim the mastery of the nineteenth century artist of the 'Great Box', a Haida masterpiece. While Gwaii and Jaalen are very experienced carvers, having made boxes, totem poles and other Haida cultural items before, they feel that this artist knew the rules of Haida art so well he was playing with them. They brought a new blank box, drawn with the designs of the historic box, and spent four weeks working with the real thing to make their own copy of it. This talk will discuss the Museum's work with Haida people on this and other projects and the process of remaking the Great Box.