The masterworks of Northwest Coast Indians are admired today as among the great achievements of the world's artisans. The painted and carved wooden screens, chests and boxes for storage and cooking, dishes, rattles, crest hats, and other ceremonial objects reveal a rare artistic virtuosity and document the unique involvement of these craftsmen with their environment.
Looking at Totem Poles is a companion title to Stewart's Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast. The author provides basic information about the Northwest Coast Cultural Region, an historical overview of totem poles, and a brief description of carving and raising poles. The second part of the book describes the figures and crests carved on totem poles as well as ceremonial and everyday objects. The final section describes in one-page essays the various totem poles found on the land in southern British Columbia, Vancouver Island, northern BC, and Alaska.
Bill Reid and Beyond: Expanding on Modern Native Art originated in a symposium, The Legacy of Bill Reid: A Critical Inquiry, organized by the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology in 1999. The book includes twenty essays and commentary about the significance of Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). Each contributor brings a distinct perspective to the understanding of Bill Reid's life and artistic career. Essays include critical evaluations from anthropologists, art curators, museum directors, artists, colleagues, and politicians.
The Spirit of Haida Gwaii is a black bronze canoe, 6 metres long and filled to overflowing with the creatures of Haida worldview. Its passengers include the Raven, the Eagle, the Grizzly and his human wife, the Mouse Woman and the Dogfish Woman, among others. Amidships stands a human being, wrapped in the stylized skin of the Seawolf, holding in his hand a smaller sculpture: a staff on which the story of creation, in Haida terms, is told. Of Haida and white parentage, Canadian artist Bill Reid has spent his life resurrecting the indigenous Northwest Coast tradition in the visual arts.
The Raven Steals the Light is the reissue of a timeless collection of Haida narratives, with a new preface by Claude LÃ©vi-Strauss. Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill Reid are accompanied by ten episodes from Haida narratives told by Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst. The result brings Haida art and story alive as never before in an English-speaking world.
Bill Reid reissued in 2003 celebrating the artist and his work was first published in 1986. For the updated edition, Doris Shadbolt has written a new chapter covering Reid's last years from 1987 to 1998, including his masterwork, the great bronze sculpture titled The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, as well as the moving details of his ceremonial Haida burial on Haida Gwaii. When Bill Reid, one of North America's great artists, died on March 13, 1998, he left behind a legacy of magnificent art that drew deeply on that of his Haida ancestors.
During My Time: Florence Edenshaw Davidson, A Haida Woman is the first life history of a Northwest Coast woman. Florence Davidson, daughter of noted Haida carver and chief Charles Edenshaw, was born in 1896. As one of the few living Haida elders knowledgeable about her culture, she was an important link with the past. Living in Masset on the Queen Charlotte Islands, some fifty miles off the northwest coast of British Columbia, Florence Davidson grew up in an era of dramatic change for her people.
OUT OF PRINT The Haida by Raymond Bial is part of the Lifeways series published by Benchmark Books. This title discusses the culture and history of the Haida Nation. The Haida traditional homeland is Haida Gwaii, their name for the Queen Charlotte Islands located off the Northwest Coast. The author begins the book with a version of the Haida creation story then goes on to explain the nature of the geography of the location.
Storm Boy makes an excellent read aloud picture book about a Haida boy from the Northwest Coast. During a canoe trip, the boy lands in the ocean. There he finds incredibly large people under a strange sky. In fact these are Killer Whale people who live in the ocean. There the boy is greeted and he joins in the people's feast, learning new dances and sharing dances from his village. The Chief realizes the boy is homesick and the boy is safely returned to his village and family. Accelerated Reader Level: 3.8