Thursday November 23, 2017

Michael Yahgulanaas is telling Indigenous stories through the combined art form of Haida Manga

Haida artist Michael Yahgulanaas spreads a message of peace in his third novel.

Haida artist Michael Yahgulanaas spreads a message of peace in his third novel. (Courtesy of Michael Yahgulanaas)

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It's been a big year for Canadian artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. His art is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he's working on a major commission for the Seattle Art Museum, and he has just released his third book. But it's not only what Yahgulanaas does that makes him interesting — it's how he does it. 

Yahgulanaas works in a self-developed art form called Haida Manga. It's a fusion of traditional Haida art and Japanese manga, and he uses Haida Manga to tell the stories of Indigenous people. It's a medium that he believes has the power to make these stories more accessible. 

His latest book, War of the Blinks, is the story of two communities in conflict that eventually turns into a war. Today, Yahgulanaas joins Tom Power to discuss his unique art form and what he hopes audiences can get from his work. 

— Produced by Vanessa Nigro