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Bill Reid

Northwest Coast Haida Native artist.

Bill Reid is Canada’s most renowned contemporary Haida Artist. He was born in Victoria B.C on January 12 1920 and passed away from Parkinson’s disease on March 13 1998 in Vancouver B.C. He was born to two loving parents, an American Father of Scottish and German decent and a Haida mother. He developed an interest in Haida art while studying jewellery and learning about his heritage from his grandmother. He used many different mediums including more modern media such as silver and gold. Reid received many honours in his life, including honorary degrees from the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, the University of Western Ontario, York University, and Trent University.