When Garner Moody moved to Vancouver in 1987, he spent two years working with renowned Haida artist Bill Reid. Soon after, he moved back to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) to draw inspiration from their traditional way of life.
Throughout his years of carving, Garner continues to preserve the northern Haida form line exemplified in this linage pole. His composition and balance furthers the notion that Garner demonstrates expertise in design, detail and form line.
Garner depicts crest figures signifying important family crests, such as the Eagle, Killerwhale and Thunderbird.
As one of the most prominent beings in art and mythology, the Eagle is known for its grace, power and prestige. Considered a majestic noble creature, the Eagle spirit is associated with freedom and lofty pursuits. Traditionally, Shamans believed that Eagle feathers were spiritually endowed and possessed healing powers. They used them in various ceremonial and ritual contexts; today these feathers are still strewn to welcome honored guests to peaceful and friendly gatherings.
The Eagle is respected for its intelligence as well as its vision, both figurative and literal, thereby claiming both honor and high stature. Although revered as a powerful hunter, the Eagle’s feathers are considered sacred.
The Eagle is one of two main family crests of the Haida nation and is known to mate with the same partner for its lifetime.
The Killerwhale is an important crest symbol associated with power, strength, dignity and communication.
Killerwhale Clans are thought to live in Killerwhale Villages deep within the ocean; when at home they remove their skins and live as large humans. Mating once for life and thought to be the reincarnation of great chiefs, these majestic animals are the protectors of mankind. While known to capsize canoes and carry the inhabitants to their Killerwhale Village, they are also reputed to act as guides to humans caught within storms.
This stoic pole typifies Garner Moody’s commitment and dedication to the preservation of Haida mythology and heritage. His experience culminates in this work and, as the totem represents the messenger of cultural identity, this is a prime example of function and form working in perfect harmony.
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Garner Moody, Haida Nation
Garner Moody was born in Prince Rupert, B.C. on May 27th, 1958. Although born in Prince Rupert, Garner was adopted by Lloyd and Muriel Moody of Skidegate, B.C., making him the nephew of Haida artist Rufus Moody.
Garner began carving at the early age of nine and, by age fifteen, he was carving his first piece of argillite. After moving to Vancouver in 1987, he spent the next two years working with renowned Haida artist Bill Reid on his Lootaas canoe and alongside a host of accomplished carvers such as Alfred Collinson, Rufus Moody, Giitsxaa, Nelson Cross, and Ding (Melvin) Hutchingson.
He was featured in the powerful television series ‘Ravens & Eagles’ filmed entirely in British Columbia. This 13-part program celebrated the traditions of Haida art through the perspective of those who practice its form. Both Garner Moody and Tim Boyko were highlighted as some of the last apprentices to work with the late master carver Bill Reid, and were recognized as some of the most promising emerging artists from Haida Gwaii.
Now residing in the Queen Charlotte Islands, Garner Moody works in various mediums including cedar, gold, argillite and paper – all exemplifying his exquisite attention to detail and extraordinary artistic skills.