Sep 052015

An exhibition opening and artist talk will take place at the Haida Gwaii Museum on Saturday, September 19th, 2015, at the Haida Heritage Centre.

A musing of Manga, work by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, continues to January 3, 2016.

More on the Haida Heritage Centre at

To follow the impressive activities of Yahgulanaas, see

Dec 082014

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Rivers, 2014 Kamloops, British Columbia

A sculpture commissioned from Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas by the city of Kamloops celebrates confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers in Kamloops. This confluence goes on to form the largest tributary of the Fraser River.

 This new sculpture echoes of the exhilarating form of Yahgulanaas’s 2010 sculpture at Thunderbird Arena at the University of British Columbia.

 See the video

 The paperback version of Yahgulanaas’s book Red, A Haida Manga, was launched at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in November. The 5-metre mural that relates to the book will be exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum on February 2015. Also in 2015, in September, a book about the artist’s work will be published by Black Dog Press: The Seriousness of Play by Nicola Levell. See


May 152014

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Solo 3, 2013 Douglas Udell Gallery

The Douglas Udell Gallery in Vancouver has opened an exhibition of work by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.

Solo 3, the latest of Yahgulanaas’ “Coppers from the Hood/ Under the Hood series” continues to “explore fetishes and marks the beginning of a study of the sacred geography of multiple genders using bi-lateral Hoods finished with precious metals.” New manga works on paper are also exhibited, all until May 24, 2014.

The book Red: A Haida Manga, first released in 2009, has now appearing in a paperback edition.

Dec 312013

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Pedal to the Meddle, 2007 Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

In article in a recent issue of the Journal of Material Culture, Nicola Levell discusses Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’s art. Site Specificity and Dislocation: Michael Nicoll and his Haida Manga Meddling examines changes brought on by context, using the Haida artist’s work Pedal to the Meddleas an example. To buy a pdf of the article, see:


Dec 082012
 Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas 2012.08.14 Float  Photo: Douglas Udell gallery

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas 2012.08.14 Float
Photo: Douglas Udell gallery

A show of work by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Solo Three has opened in Edmonton at the Douglas Udell Gallery until December 8 2012. Yahgulanaas has created a series of paintings on recycled sunroofs from old Volvos: “Volvoxii reflects on the importance of an ability to quickly adapt, to change one’s mind, to respond and to evolve in demanding circumstances.” He has looked at the root of the brand name “Volvo” and extended the metaphor based on the Volvoxii, a species of freshwater algae.

Yahgulanaas’s 2010 work Copper from the Hood was purchased by the British Museum and is now on display at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic in Bonn Germany until April 7 2013.

Feb 092012
Rhizome is...  A friendly, diverse neighbourhood café

Rhizome is... A friendly, diverse neighbourhood café

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is having a book launch on February 16 at the Rhizome Café at 317 East Broadway in Vancouver at 7 pm of Old Growth, a book documenting his graphic work over thirty years. The rhizome is also exhibiting works by Sentinel Shores, a group of young indigenous artists, on the theme of what it means to be a protector of our land.

Nov 012011
Oilspill: the Inevitability of Enbridge, 2011  Marianne Nicolson

Oilspill: the Inevitability of Enbridge, 2011 Marianne Nicolson

Open Space in Victoria is presenting A Travelling Exhibition, work by eleven indigenous artists from across Canada, until August 25 2012. Featured artists are Kwakwaka’wakw artist Marianne Nicolson, and Tania Willard, Lindsay Delaronde, Sandra Semchuk & James Nicholas, Emilio Portal, Neal Mcleod, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Cathi Charles Wherry and others. The exhibition is time-based, with the premise of extending the show into cultural time, one work at a time, each shown for one month.

Curator Peter Morin of the Tahltan nation is interested in applying Indigenous cultural values in his approach to this exhibition. Two questions inspire his curatorial work:

When you meet me on the land, how will we share our stories?, and

When you meet me on the land, how will time give space for our stories?

The public is invited to a curatorial talk by Peter Morin at 7:30 on November 8 2011, at Open Space, 510 Fort Street, Victoria.

An ongoing record of the exhibition is at:

May 062011
Old Growth exhibition, Grunt Gallery. Photo: Ann Cameron

Old Growth exhibition, Grunt Gallery. Photo: Ann Cameron

At Vancouver’s Grunt Gallery, Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas presents Old Growth, a selection of his published works alongside previously unseen drawings and sketches from his thirty plus years of graphic art production.

Yahgulanaas’ work combines traditional Haida form-line with the conventions of Asian graphic novels known as “manga” in a distinct style he calls “Haida Manga”. This exhibition is coordinated with the release of Yahgulanaas’ latest publication, a retrospective collection of his graphic work, produced in conjunction with Grunt Gallery. Old Growth continues until Saturday May 21 2011.


The British Museum has recently acquired a sculpture by Yahgulanaas,

Copper from the Hood. For more information, see: