Sunday, 23 February 2020

Black Argillite

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 on Graham Island. Graham Island is the largest island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago.
Argillite Otter Bowl by Lionel Samuels
There is one distinct difference in Haida Art compared to other West Coast native art cultures, Argillite. Black Argillite is only found on Haida Gwaii and is carved by many Haida artists.