Solitary Raven: The Selected Writings of Bill Reid

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Douglas & McIntyre, 2000 - Haida art - 250 pages
Presents 30 pieces of writing by Bill Reid (1920-1998), Haida sculptor, whose work as a professional radio announcer and script writer predated his metier as a sculptor. Included in this volume are pieces first published in newspapers, magazines, exhibition catalogues, as well as previously unpublished works. Included are eloquent statements on the art of the Northwest Coast, on the role of the native artist in a multicultural world, and on the role of both the artist and the environment in the survival of human culture. Good bandw photos of the artist and his work, with a couple in color. c. Book News Inc.

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Bill Reid was/is the cultural leader of the Haida Nation (Queen Charlotte Islands). His sculptures are recognized as archetypal forms of the nation's soul. He was half Haida and half Scottish. He is ... Read full review

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William Ronald Reid was born in January 1920 in Vancouver. He is an internationally recognized HAIDA artist, and is often credited with the revival and innovative resurgence of Northwest Coast Indian arts in the contemporary world. Later in life, while a CBC broadcaster, he studied jewellery and engraving at Ryerson Institute, Toronto, and began investigating the arts of the Haida in 1951. Furthering these studies, he went to the Central School of Art and Design in London, England. Returning to Vancouver, he became involved with the creation of a sculpture for the University of British Columbia, called Haida Village. Reid eventually became a recognized leading authority on Haida art and life. Reid carved in silver, gold, wood and argillite and cast in bronze. He issued several editions of serigraphs and illustrated and collaborated on many books, including The Raven Steals the Light. Among his major works were the 4.5-ton cedar sculpture Raven and the First Humans in UBC's Museum of Anthropology; a bronze killer whale sculpture, The Chief of the Undersea World, for the Vancouver Aquarium; a canoe commissioned for Expo 86; and Spirit of Haida Gwaii, commissioned for the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC. Bill Reid was awarded the Molson Prize in 1977 and the Lifetime Achievement Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Canadian Native Arts Foundation in 1994. He passed away in 1998.

Robert Bringhurst was born October 16, 1946, in the ghetto of South Central Los Angeles and raised in the mountain and desert country of Alberta, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and British Columbia. He spent ten years as an undergraduate, studying physics, architecture and linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, philosophy and oriental languages at the University of Utah, and comparative literature at Indiana University, which gave him a Bachelor of Arts in 1973. He had published two books of poems before entering the writing program at the University of British Columbia, which awarded him an MFA in 1975. From 1977 to 1980 he taught writing and English literature at UBC, and after that, made his living as a typographer. He has also been poet-in-residence and writer-in-residence at several universities in North America and Europe. His book, The Elements of Typographic Style is considered a standard text in its field, and Black Canoe is one of the classics in the field of Native American art history. He received the Macmillan Prize for Poetry in 1975.

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