Solitary Raven

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D & M Publishers, Mar 23, 2012 - Art - 240 pages
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A seminal collection of writing from one of Canada's most revered artists, spanning forty years of his life.

When Haida sculptor and Canadian icon Bill Reid died, in the spring of 1998, he was more widely and more fervently admired than any other Native artist in North America. Although Reid attained his greatest fame in the visual arts, words were his first professional medium. Until he received his first large carving commission, in 1958, he made his living as a radio announcer and script writer. This work earned him the Haida name Kihlguulins, the "One with the Beautiful Voice." In his later years, Parkinson's disease curtailed his public speaking, but it did not prevent him writing. His oratorical and literary gifts are rightly part of the Reid legend. Recordings of his voice can still be played in a number of major museums around the world.

Despite his gift for words, much of what he wrote was published only in newspapers, magazines and exhibition catalogues. Some was made public in audio form but never printed, and some has languished in manuscript for years. This book collects, for the first time, the most important of these widely scattered writings: seminal statements on the art on the Northwest Coast, the role of the Native artist in a multicultural world, and the quintessential role of the environment to the survival of human culture.

 

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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

Contents

2 People of the Potlatch 1956
45
3 Art of the British Columbia Indian 1958
53
4 Totem 1963
56
An Appreciation 1967
66
6 Out of the Silence 1971
71
7 Curriculum Vitae I 1974
85
8 The Myth of the Land Bridge 1975
94
9 Pieces of Stone 1975
95
19 The Components of the Formline 1982?
173
20 The Legacy 1982
178
21 Beasts Monsters and Humans 1982
182
22 Curriculum Vitae 2 1983
188
23 Killer Whale Poem 1983
200
24 The Anthropologist and the Article 1983
201
25 These Shining Islands 1984
206
26 Becoming Haida 1986
213

10 Wilson Duff 1976
109
11 Eighteen SixtyTwo 1978?
113
12 The Classical Artist on the Northwest Coast 1979
115
13 Haida Means Human Being 1979
131
14 Bill Koochin 1980
147
15 The Enchanted Forest 1980
151
16 The Master of the Black Field 1980?
155
17 This Much We Can Understand 1981
159
18 A New Northwest Coast Art 1981
160
27 Joy is a WellMade Object 1988
219
28 The Raw Material of Chaos 1989
225
29 The Goldsmiths Art 1991
227
30 The Spirit of Haida Gwaii 1991
228
Afterword
231
Chronology
237
Bibliography
243
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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 author of Solitary Raven, Out of the Silence and, with Bill Holm, Indian Art of the Northwest Coast: A Dialogue on Craftsmanship and Aesthetics.



Robert Bringhurst is a leading poet and book designer, well known for his treatise on typography Elements of Typographic Style. He worked and studied with Haida Artist Bill Reid throughout the 1980s. The fruits of this association include a much-loved book of stories, The Raven Steals the Light, as well as Bringhurst and Ulli Steltzer’s book The Black Canoe, a study of Reid’s masterly sculpture. Born in Los Angeles, California, he was raised in Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Alberta,and now lives on Quadra Island, British Columbia.

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