Bill Reid, Haida, 1920-1998
He was a Canadian jeweller, sculptor and artist. His father was of European descent and his mother was Haida. He developed a keen interest in Haida art and studied jewellery making, having first learnt about his heritage from his maternal grandfather. Since the 1950s he worked to understand Haida culture, and aided in the partial reconstruction of a village in the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. His most magnificent works are two large bronze sculptures, each depicting a canoe filled with human and animal figures: one black, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, and one green, The Jade Canoe, at Vancouver International Airport. His work is featured on the $20 note in the Bank of Canada’s new Canadian Journey (2004) issue. A longer biography appears in Native Leaders of Canada.

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