Bill Reid’s “The Black Canoe” and the Spirit of Haida Gwaii Introduction This paper refers to Robert Bringhurst’s account of Haida mythology that accompanied the unveiling of a well known bronze sculpture, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, by Bill Reid (1920-1998). Known informally as ‘The Black Canoe’ the sculpture was commissioned in 1985 at the suggestion of Arthur Erikson for the courtyard of the new Canadian High Commission to the United States building. In 1991, Reid’s sponsor, Nabisco Brands Canada, donated the sculpture to the Government of Canada for installation in Washington. (Herem: 1998, Mauze: 1998, Shadbolt: 1998) Bringhurst produced a readable summary of pertinent Haida mythology with photographs and other illustrations by Ulli...The end:
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