Douglas & McIntyre
The Spirit of Haida Gwaii

Book details:

May 1997
ISBN 978-1-55054-579-1
Paperback - Trade
7 1/2" x 8 1/2"
64 pages
Art
Art / Aboriginal Art
$15.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

The Spirit of Haida Gwaii

Bill Reid's Masterpiece

Photographs by: Ulli Steltzer
Foreword by: Bill Reid
Introduction by: Robin Laurence

Before he passed away, the Haida artist Bill Reid was internationally renowned for his totem poles and other large pieces, as well as for his work on a small scale in silver and gold. His masterpiece, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, is a bronze canoe


Before he passed away, the Haida artist Bill Reid was internationally renowned for his totem poles and other large pieces, as well as for his work on a small scale in silver and gold. His masterpiece, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, is a bronze canoe six metres (20 feet) long, filled to overflowing with the creatures of Haida mythology. Two copies of this extraordinary bronze casting exist, one in the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C., and the other in the main foyer of the Vancouver International Airport.

Ulli Steltzerís superb black-and-white photographs record and reveal intimate insights into the creative process of this sculpture, as well as the parts and the whole of this monumental work. The story of the sculpture and of its creator, Bill Reid, is engagingly related by Robin Laurence. And Bill Reidís own descriptions of the creatures in the canoe provide glimpses into the mythic complexity and power of The Spirit of Haida Gwaii.

The story of the sculpture and of its creator, Bill Reid, is engagingly related by Robin Laurence. And Bill Reidís own descriptions of the creatures in the canoe provide glimpses into the mythic complexity and power of The Spirit of the Haida Gwaii.

About the Authors

Ulli  Steltzer

Ulli Steltzer

Ulli Steltzer's photographic studies of Native peoples, Princeton intellectuals, American migrant workers and the Cakchiquel of Guatamala have been shown ...

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Bill  Reid

Bill Reid

Bill Reid, one of the finest artists to work in the Native American tradition, has numerous books documenting and revering his visual art. He is also the ...

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Robin Laurence

Robin Laurence is an award-winning freelance writer, critic and curator based in Vancouver. She has a B.F.A. in studio arts and an M.A. in art history, ...

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