Argillite Carvings

Argillite Haida carvings from Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, are renowned aboriginal art treasures. Argillite is only available to Haida Natives and exclusively carved by those of Haida ancestry. Sometimes called “Haida Slate” or “Black Slate”, argillite is a type of hard, fine black silt and is only found at one quarry on Slatechuck Mountain in the upper basin of Slatechuck Creek, near the town of Skidegate on Graham Island just 80 miles south of Ketchikan, Alaska.

Authentic argillite artwork has been prized around the world since the Haida first sold their beautiful carvings to sailors around 1800. Carrying on the tradition of working with argillite, modern Haida carvers continue the practice, demonstrating stunning design work and skill in creating miniature totem poles, boxes, small sculptures and pendants. Arctic Spirit Gallery features the work of some of the most accomplished and inspired Haida carvers working with argillite today.

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