EventsMichael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: JAJ, A Haida Manga

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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: JAJ, A Haida Manga

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Central Library


“A necessary tale told by the perfect voice at the right time.” 

Come hear artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas present his latest graphic novel, JAJ: A Haida Manga. It brings to life the tumultuous history of first contact between Europeans and Indigenous peoples and the early colonization by the Europeans of the northern West Coast. 

JAJ blends colonial history with elements of Yahgulanaas's own family legacy, and follows several historical figures through first contact, the smallpox epidemic and the mass resettlement of disenfranchised peoples. 

Michael will appear in conversation with CBC Radio's North by Northwest host, Margaret Gallagher


Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a visual artist, storyteller and public speaker. Raised on Haida Gwaii, he melds cultural hybridity and his political experiences as an Indigenous person with contemporary graphic literature to produce a unique genre called Haida Manga. His books include Flight of the Hummingbird (Greystone, 2008), A Tale of Two Shamans (Theytus, 2001) and Red (Douglas & McIntyre, 2009).

Margaret Gallagher is the host of North by Northwest, BC’s highest-rated weekend show. She has been on CBC Radio for 20 years, and has won multiple awards, including a Jack Webster Award and three prestigious National RTDNA Dave Rogers Awards.

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