Haida Dogfish - 'Qqaaxgada' - Copper Series, Matted Art Card

Haida Dogfish - 'Qqaaxgada' - Copper Series, Matted Art Card

Bill Reid (Haida)
Regular price CAD $18.00

The Dogfish is a small shark and a major crest figure in Haida art. Easy to identify, the Dogfish always has a high formed head, a down turned mouth with sharply pointed teeth, and gill slits on each side of the mouth. Other characteristic features include gill slits on the forehead and cheeks, eyes with elliptical pupils, sharp spines and asymmetrical tail flukes. Reid's use of the round ovoids in the place of joints marks adds power to this fiercely dynamic creature.

Copper Series, Cream Matted Art Card

11"w x 14"h (28 x 35 cm)

*These beautiful matted art cards are  light weight, easy to ship and ready to frame.


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.