Argillite Eagle box by Haida artist Bill Reid
|Argillite is a fine-grained sedimentary rock composed predominantly of indurated clay particles. Argillaceous rocks are lithified muds and oozes.|
The Haida carvings of Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) along the coast of British Columbia are famed aboriginal art treasures created from a type of a hard, fine black silt argillite.
|Black argillite occurs in only one place in the world, at a quarry on Slatechuck Mountain near the town of Skidegate on Graham Island. |
Graham Island is the largest island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago.
Argillite Otter Bowl by Lionel Samuels