Corey Bulpitt, known as Taakeit Aaya or “Gifted Carver” in
Haida, is one of the most successful young Northwest Coast
artists. Through his work, Corey brings a fresh perspective to
an ancient tradition, connecting a broader audience to an
artistic genre otherwise pushed to the fringes.
He has generated widespread acclaim for his totem pole carvings. Corey’s work embodies a precision and attention to detail few carvers are able to master. Working with the woodgrain to bring out its natural beauty, he successfully shapes complex forms into a visual story.
Edenshaw Developments logo Panel
Exclusive limited edition prints
Corey Bulpitt took Edenshaw Developments
existing logo and worked it into this one of
a kind panel design. He then did a limited
edition print series for corporate gifts.
The Eagle Landed Show
The Eagle Landed
Red Cedar, 2013
138″ x 32″ x 32″
This piece is urban inspired.
Corey’s master carving skills are apparent
in the clean lines of the majestic Eagle
with the ancestor face on the tail feathers
gazing up towards the heavens.
When he was able to salvage a telephone
pole he knew this was where Eagle needed
to perch. The pole and the Eagle became
one piece and a symbol for communication
across culture, a symbol of Corey’s own
urban and Haida roots.
Stoneribs Totem Pole
132″‘ x 28″ x 13″
This is the pole story as told by Corey
“This pole is a representation of the Haida myth about Stoneribs a Haida Strongman. In this myth his 8 brothers are
eaten by the giant mythical crab named K’uust’aan. Distraught Stoneribs searches for a way to fight the giant creature
and retrieve his brothers. He sees an Eagle holding a Halibut with a copper tail and fins indicating it is a
supernatural halibut. As he watches the Eagle drops the fish into a tidal pool near him. Stoneribs quickly retrieves the
Halibut and takes it into the forest to try and skin it knowing the skin of supernatural beings have powers. After a few
failed attempts to skin the creature properly he is finally successful. He is now able to wear the skin and become a
supernatural X’aaguu or Halibut himself. He sets forth on many quests against supernatural beings and finally gathers
the skills he needs to fight K’uust’aan. In his supernatural Halibut form he can shrink and expand at will and uses this
to his advantage. He shrinks and gets caught in the giant crabs pincers and then expands to break them. He then
shrinks again and is swallowed by K’uust’aan. This time when he grows he breaks him up from the inside. He gathers
his brothers bones from inside K’uust’aan and uses shamanistic medicine which brings his brothers back to life”.
How to read the pole = The poles main figure is that of a halibut with his head at the bottom of the pole and his tail is
at the top with Stoneribs himself looking on with confidence and pride as he has just rescued his brothers who are
represented in the 8 faces that are seen on the back of the giant fish. Three of these are full frontal view carved faces
and 5 are side profile faces carved around the halibuts body and the three frontal view faces. The pole uses adze
texturing and knife finish to show the skills of the carver. No sanding is involved on the whole surface. It has been
left natural (without paint) to show the beauty of the natural wood grain as it changes from the carved surfaces
creating beautiful swirls and patterns, again also showing the skills involved in completing the carving.