Charles Edenshaw

Born: 1839  |  Died: 1929

Charles Edenshaw. Sculptor. Woodcarver. Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. Active late 19th – early 20th century.

Charles (Charlie) Edenshaw was a Haida Chief. His art was based on Haida traditions and stories. He worked with different media in his sculpture; gold, silver, argillite, ivory and wood are some. He made decorated totems, boxes and other traditional works. Marius Barbeau recounts his life* and he is cited by many galleries and museums.


Ref: Nancy Patterson. Canadian Native Art. Toronto, Collier-McMillan. 1973.

Ref: Marius Barbeau, Haida Carvers in Argillite. Ottawa, National Museum of Canada. 1957.

Ref: Lerner. and Williamson, Art and Architecture in Canada. A Bibliography …to 1981. University of Totonto Press. 1991.

Ref: Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999)