Art is a gift from the spirit world. We all have the ability to visualize: that is our connection to the spirit world. When we crystallize our ideas - that is, bring them into this world - we are giving birth to new images, new ideas, and new directions. This can only come from knowledge and experience. Then we are truly living on that edge of the knife. We are now giving new meaning to the songs, dance, crests, and philosophies. We are updating these ideas, which is no different from what our forefathers did.
— Contemporary Haida artist, Robert Davidson, 20 October 1991, New York