The Seriousness of Play: the Art of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas explores the work of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, whose practice melds his cultural and political experiences as a Haida artist with contemporary graphic literature to produce a unique genre called Haida Manga. As the father of this new visual genre, Yahgulanaas combines imagery from his North Pacific island home with Asian manga to create a distinctive and and groundbreaking artform for retelling oral histories and addressing contemporary issues surrounding land, cultural memory, ecological destruction and the politics of belonging, ownership and identity. The Seriousness of Play explores the multiple forms, materials and meaning of Haida Manga as it playfully transforms through re-purposed automobile parts, large-scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures, two-dimensional painted and graphic forms and hand painted illustrations. Nicola Levell is an assistant professor of museum and visual anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (born 1954) is an award-winning visual artist and author, and creator of Haida Manga. His work has been seen in public spaces, museums, galleries and private collections across the globe. Institutional collections include the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum and Vancouver Art Gallery. His large sculptural works are part of the public art collection of the Vancouver International Airport, City of Vancouver, City of Kamloops and University of British Columbia. Yahgulanaas's publications include national bestsellers The Little Hummingbird and Red: A Haida Manga.