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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is an internationally accomplished Contemporary Visual Artist, an Award-winning Author, Public Speaker, and Preservationist. He has devoted his life to bringing social issues and environmental concerns to a global audience through his artistic and vocal expression. One of Yahgulanaas most notable accomplishments was when he held political office in the Haida Nation. There, he used his creative ability to bring his politically informed humorous cartoons to various printed media during the negotiation of the issues of indigenous title and rights and environmental profiteering. 


Yahgulanaas grew up in Haida Gwaii and moved to Vancouver in 2001. As an artist of hybrid ancestry, the influence of his roots in the Northwest Coast is indicative in his work. His technical training, from Cantonese brush painting master Cai Ben Kwon, motivated Yahgulanaas to meld the art of Haida and Manga into the revolutionary style of Haida Manga. Haida Manga is committed to hybridity as a positive force that opens a third space for critical engagement. It offers an empowering and playful way of viewing and engaging with social issues as it seeks participation, dialogue, reflection, and action.  Yahgulanaas uses this expression to provide an alternative way to visualize and communicate cultural association. He is determined to evoke a reaction in the viewer, and aid in challenging the stereotype of heritage and conformation. Yahgulanaas hope is for art to be a mobilized as a form of social empowerment.


Yahgulanaas work has been displayed in public spaces, museums, galleries, and private collections across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.  Institutional collections include the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, and Vancouver Art Gallery.  His work is currently being featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


His large sculptural works are part of the public art collection of the Vancouver International Airport, City of Vancouver, City of Kamloops, and University of British Columbia. Yahgulanaas publications include national bestsellers Flight of the Hummingbird and RED, a Haida Manga


Yahgulanaas visual practice encompasses a variety of different art forms including large-scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures and canvases, re-purposed automobile parts, acrylics, watercolors, ink drawings, ceramics and illustrated publications. Exploring themes of identity, environmentalism, and the human condition, he uses art and speaking opportunities to communicate a world view. Although his works are particular to Haida Gwaii, it is also relevant to a contemporary and internationally-engaged audience.

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