Yaahl Hat – Collaboration with Robin Rorick
EXHIBITION:The Sky World: Winter Invitational Exhibit
This painted hat is the newest collaboration between mother/son duo Isabel and Robin Rorick. Yaahl means “raven” in Massett Haida dialect, and the design of the hat was directly inspired by a Charles and Isabella Edenshaw painted hat from 1900. The Roricks are direct descendants of the Edenshaws, and carry on the tradition of Haida women weaving spruce root and Haida men painting them once completed. To ready himself to paint on his mother’s exquisite spruce root weavings, Robin sought the advice of fellow Haida artist and family member Robert Davidson, and also visited the collections at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia to handle and study the historic Edenshaw works.