Haida Killer Whale 'Skaana': Copper Series Matted Art Card

Haida Killer Whale 'Skaana': Copper Series Matted Art Card

Bill Reid (Haida)
Regular price CAD $18.00

Bill Reid portrayed the grace and vitality of the Killer Whale through the articulate elegance of Haida design, the bold form lines curving richly and fluently. the spouting blow hole, the curving dorsal fin and the symmetrical tail flukes are the distinguishing features for the sea mammal. 

In legends, the Killer Whale is the Lord of the Undersea World, or Chief of the Ocean People, the dreaded sea monsters and fiercest of all the supernatural people, who live in towns deep under the sea. They capsize the canoes of those travelling on the water, dragging down canoe and occupants into the depths.

Copper Series, Cream Double Matted Art Card (2 3/4" matte)

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.