Chief Oliver Adam's Potlatch Gift, 1976, by Robert Davidson, Haida
by Robert Davidson, Haida
silkscreen on board
16" high x 14" wide
When Oliver N. Adams inherited the title of Town Chief of Massett, he hosted a potlatch to validate his position, and commissioned Robert Davidson to design the invitations and gift prints. The Eagle design with a Frog in the body and a Beaver head in the tail represents Adams' crests.
Robert Davidson is one of Canada’s most respected and important contemporary artists. A Northwest Coast native of Haida descent, he is a master carver of totem poles and masks and works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter and jeweler. He is also a leading figure in the renaissance of Haida art and culture. Robert Davidson is best known as an impeccable craftsman whose creative and personal interpretation of traditional Haida form is unparalleled.