Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas in Print

  • Haida Stories Get New Life
    Vancouver Province - September 26, 2004
    How does a tale well-told transform into one well-read? First Nations artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas came up with a unique way of meeting the challenge of making oral culture contemporary. He calls it Haida Manga, after the Japanese graphic novel and animated film genre. "I never wanted to use the word 'comics' because they are, generally speaking, simple mainstream stuff designed to entertain adolescent males suffering from hormone toxicity," says Yahgulanaas. READ MORE...
  • Artist Combines Native Art, Japanese Comics
    CBC News Online - September 25, 2003
    A Haida artist in Vancouver is using comic books to tell traditional aboriginal myths. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas calls his work "Haida Manga." Manga are the highly stylized comic books popular in Japan. The word "manga" means "whimsical pictures." But Yahgulanaas' creation, Rock 'n' Raven, is not exactly whimsical. "Rock 'n' Raven is morally ambiguous. It's not about good versus evil. It's about things we experience as everyday people," he says. "It speaks to our common humanity." READ MORE...
  • Haida Manga: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
    This Magazine - January 1, 2003
    "For the Haida," he says, "a smudged cloud on an ocean horizon carried a message that could mean the difference between a safe or a final crossing. There was a time when this system of signs was displayed in every town inland for many hundreds of miles—all along the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Washington State." On Haida Gwaii (a.k.a. the Queen Charlotte Islands), Yahgulanaas adds, even houses are placed in "relationship to their cosmological and physical world, not positioned helter-skelter based on how many metres of sewage pipe they happen to have." READ MORE...