Multicultural Art


Lang Ravens


Gifting--Ravens Always Get It Done Right
Lisa Lang
September 2016
The MSUN Multicultural Center receives Lisa Lang as the first artist of the month for the 2016-2017 school year. Lang currently resides in Haidaburg Alaska (her clan is the Yaghwlaanas, Haida Raven-Subclan-Two Finned Killer Whale). She studied Federal Indian Law at the University of New Mexico and currently is the Executive Director of the Xaadas Kil Kuyaas Foundation, (Precious Haida Words) institution dedicated to promote, preserve, and perpetuate the rich cultural legacy of the Alaska Haida dialect.


Lang is presenting a 19” x 15” canvas titled Gifting—Ravens Always Get It Done Right. In regards to the piece she adds, “A woman is reflected as an image of what we carry inside of us. This piece was given with intentions of healing, helping, and giving unconditionally. If you see and feel this emotion then, you have those gifts inside you as well.”


Lang notes: “I am Haida, and we are artists: it is a part of our culture and identity, and it is our Native way to give, whether it is our food, our artwork, or our love for each other. The majority of my art has been donated to raise funds for my community to assist individuals and families. This piece was created specifically to donate to a family, and I was inspired to paint just for that reason—to give. My work is contemporary Haida art. I will be creating more art work, so I will begin commissioning pieces as in my community we are forming a local non-profit artist coop. I am truly honored to have this piece on exhibition in Montana.”


Haida art is the art of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America; it is globally recognized for their monumental totem poles and fine carved sculptures in primarily wood, but also in metal, slate, and weaving. In many cases elongated shapes are one of the recurring elements. Many of them are inspired by the ocean’s life: killer whales, sea lions, and supernatural creatures are some of the elements.

The MSUN Office of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs (ODAMP) invites local and regional artists to exhibit their pieces, preferably those that have some link to multicultural themes. For more information, contact or call (406) 265-3589.