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U990.14.1186
Artist / Maker : Reid, Bill RCA
Title : Haida Beaver - Tsing
Date (Execution) : 1978
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Haida
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black and red design of beaver with smaller figure at bottom within design.
Accession # : U990.14.1186
Width (cm) : 56.50
Height (cm) : 76.20
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "Over the past thirty five years Bill Reid has executed Beaver in may media, from massive totem to delicate earrings. In each case he infused the design with that monumental quality which distinguishes his as the greatest living master of Haida art, one of the world's richest art heritage. This graphic is an example of his skill in synthesizing the traditional Haida repertoire of tense line and form in a harmonious new way. As a young man curious about the art of his ancestors Reid first 'met' Beaver carved on the great totem pole collected from Tanu and installed in the stairwell of Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. later he was to carve his own classic Beaver pole for the University of British Columbia. This year, in a gesture symbolic of the renewal of Haida culture, a pole carved by Reid took its place beside the famous old Beaver pole of Skidegate and became the first pole to be erected in that historic village in over a century. It is altogether appropriate that Beaver, with its large stylized incisors and checkered tail, should be Reid's 1978 graphic work." Statement provided by Canadian Native Prints Ltd, via Vincent Rickard, Pacific Editions.