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Reid, Bill RCA

Cultural Group : Haida

The late Bill Reid (1920-1998) , son of a Haida mother and a German/ Scottish-American father, was the creator of many beautiful jewelry pieces, carvings and prints, all executed in the tradition of the Haida people. A CBC Radio announcer until the age of forty, Reid studied jewelry making in Toronto and went on to use materials such as gold, silver, platinum, copper, ivory and wood to do his carvings.

It wasn't until Reid encountered a Totem Pole from his mother's village of Tanu, while at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, that he decided to devote the rest of his life to creating Haida art.

He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.