Haida Grizzly - Huaji

Haida Grizzly - Huaji

Bill Reid (Haida)
Regular price CAD $2,600.00

"Grizzlies were once found in southern regions, but are now very rare... Bear is one of the most prevalent figures in crest and shamanic art, as well as in myths. It is considered to be a close relation of humankind, perhaps because of physical characteristics...[a]s a close relation, the bear is a link between human and non-human animal realms, as well as between the secular natural realm and the...supernatural" (Shearar 2000: 19-20). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Medium: Serigraph ed./600

Year: 1973

Dimensions: 25 3/4" x 20"

Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)



Bill Reid (1920-1998) was an acclaimed master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, broadcaster, mentor and community activist. Reid was born in Victoria, BC to a Haida mother and an American father with Scottish German roots, and only began exploring his Haida roots at the age of 23. This journey of discovery lasted a lifetime and shaped Reid's artistic career.

Reid became a pivotal force in building bridges between Indigenous people and other peoples. Through his mother, he was a member of the Raven clan from T'aanuu with the wolf as one of his family crests. Raven is known as a mischievous trickster, who also plays an important part in transforming the world. Many of these traits matched Bill Reid's personality. In 1986, Reid was presented with the Haida name Yaahl Sgwansung, meaning The Only Raven.