Thursday, 10 January 2013

Bibliophilia: Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe

Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe

Bill Reid ranks up there as one of the greatest and most important artists that Canada has ever produced. (
His iconic sculpture The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, a monumental bronze canoe filled to overflowing with creatures of Haida mythology is to my mind the most spectacular piece of art ever made in this country.) This look at his efforts to rekindle the incredible canoe building traditions of his own Haida people, and other NorthWest Coast people is further proof of what a sophisticated culture they were. Being both enamored of canoes of all sorts and the art of that region, I found it compelling on several levels.

“Western art starts with the figure—West Coast Indian art starts with the canoe.”

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