Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 09/05/2014


Photo taken on August 22, 2014


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Haida Gwaii
Queen Charlotte Islands
totem pole
Bill Reid
artist


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The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 13

The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 13
While waiting to leave the Charlottes, we wandered through the little village of Skidegate. We came upon a huge, long, cedar log with its bark removed. A man holding a small chainsaw was standing back, looking thoughtfully at beautiful, rounded, flowing figures emerging on the butt end of the log.

It was Bill Reid, carving a contemporary totem pole.

Bill was the force responsible for the renewed appreciation, worldwide, of the distinctive art of the Haida people. He had a deep understanding of Haida art, adding his own personal touch as great artists do.

When I saw Bill’s handsome carving, I felt a surge of astonishment and emotion. Traveling in California as a child, I had seen strange and beautiful old totem poles propped up in front of hot dog stands and tawdry “motor courts.” When I visited some of the small towns on the B.C. coast in the early ‘50s, I was saddened to see that places like Alert Bay no longer had any totem poles at all, either original or repatriated. In those days there were still rows of stumps where you could see how the original poles had been sawed off and carted away.

If you would like to see more of Bill Reid”s work, go to Google Images and type: bill reid art.

To see other pages of this photo story, check out my album "The Great Forests of Haida Land" .

Tim Hanko, Larry He's So Fine, John McKay, tiabunna have particularly liked this photo


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tiabunna
tiabunna
Wow, he was quite a craftsman. Very impressive work.
4 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
This has been my favourite photo.
4 years ago.
John McKay
John McKay
Bill Reid is a legend, an absolute genius and an artist second to none!
4 years ago.
Larry He's So Fine
Larry He's So Fine
I saw Bill at work one time on Haida Gwaii. His art was amazing.
4 years ago.