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Bill Reid "Children of the Raven" Pot Holder
William Ronald Reid, "Bill", sculptor (Victoria, Jan 12, 1920 - March 13, 1998). Bill Reid, an internationally renowned Haida artist is often cited as one who has renewed and revived Northwest Coast Aboriginal arts on the contemporary art scene. Very talented in many techniques, he carved silver, gold, wood, argilite and bronze. He has published several editions of silk screening, has illustrated and collaborated on numerous books.
He received an honorary doctorate from the University of British Columbia in 1976, the Molson Prize in 1977, and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award which is sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for Aboriginal Art in 1994. Bill Reid was a strong advocate for Aboriginal rights in Canada. He played a particularly active role in the battle to preserve the national and cultural history of South Moresby in Haida Gwaii.