Artist: Cori Savard (Yahl ‘Aadaas)
Cori was born to the Yahgu’laanaas Raven clan on Haida Gwaii. Her family moved to the Gatineau/Ottawa region within a few years of her birth, but her connection to her Haida roots was maintained by weekly visits to the permanent collection of Haida works on display at the Canadian Museum of Civilizations in Gatineau, QC. Cori returned to Haida Gwaii in 2002, and quickly immersed herself in the art of her ancestors. Exploring 2 dimensional design, cedar weaving, painting and taking part in multiple design workshops taught by Robert Davidson in Old Massett and Skidegate.
Cori is a former recipient of the YVR youth scholarship award as well as the YVR Frank O'Neill visionary award. These awards enabled her to begin and maintain a formal apprenticeship working with renowned Haida artist Reg Davidson in Old Masset. Over the course of 8 years, Cori learned carving techniques applicable to masks, sculptures and monumental works, taking part in multiple totem pole projects.
Cori now lives and works from her home studio in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, and maintains a working relationship with her mentor Reg. She also worked closely with mentor Ben Davidson between 2012-2020, expanding her knowledge and skills in painting and carving as well as learning jewellery techniques in chasing and repousse in his studio and gallery in Skidegate.
Image Story: "Interwoven"
Inspired by the intricate beauty of Naaxiin, this print is a celebration of Maat (Mountain Goat). Our people have long recognized the value and quality of Maat’s wool, and have been weaving the finest regalia with it for centuries. By giving its wool, Maat weaves together the lives of the many people involved in the extensive process of creating Naaxiin regalia. Hunters, weavers, bark harvesters, formline artists and dancers alike. The intricacy of the weaving, accomplished by the formidable skill of the artist, pays the highest respect to Maat as great robes, aprons, leggings, headpieces and pouches adorn our people and come to life in sacred ceremony.
Ms. Savard has donated the use of her image to RMGA because the mountain goat holds cultural to many Indigenous nations. Mountain goat conservation is important for Indigenous people to be able to exercise their traditional hunting rights and ceremonial traditions. Funds raised will be used for mountain goat conservation and research projects.
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