Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe conveys the pivotal role of the canoe in Northwest Coast art, cultures and communities. Bill Reid was in awe of the elegant traditional Northern-style sea-going canoe and canoe played a generic role in the evolution of Northwest Coast art. In his words, "Western art starts with the figure, West Coast Indian art starts with the canoe". Through vivid works of renowned photographers Phil Hersee and Robert Semeniuk brought together for the first time, we experience the revival of canoe building and paddling along the coast and beyond.
Dr. Martine J. Reid
Photos of Opening Reception are here.