-- Home---About Us---How To Order---eCards---Info Articles/Videos---Contact Us --

image bill reid inuit art carvings --image bill reid inuit art prints - image northwest canadian bill reid art carvings

--Inuit Art Carvings ---- Inuit Art Prints ----- Native Carvings -

Spirit of Haida Gwaii Sculpture by Northwest Coast
Native Aboriginal Artist Bill Reid

The 'Spirit of Haida Gwaii' sculpture is the largest and most complex piece ever produced by Northwest Coast Native Aboriginal artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). It is 20 feet long by 11 feet wide and 13 feet high. Bronze castings named the 'Black Canoe' and the 'Jade Canoe' are on display at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Vancouver International airport respectively. The original white plaster casting shown here is on display at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau near Ottawa, Canada.

Free Native Art eBooks!

'An Overview of Pacific Northwest Native Indian Art'
'An Overview of Canadian Arctic Inuit Art'

Receive two art eBooks for FREE! Just enter your name and e-mail below (privacy policy) then click the button to be taken to a webpage where you can download both eBooks. Click on titles for details.

There are thirteen figures portrayed on this canoe as they seem to fill the boat to overflowing capacity. At the bow is the Grizzly Bear who is facing his wife, the human Bear Mother, the first paddler on the port side. Between them are their two bear cubs. Just behind the Bear Mother is the Beaver, the second paddler and one of the Raven's uncles.

image spirit haida sculpture bill reid northwest coast native aboriginal art
Port Side of 'Spirit of Haida Gwaii' Sculpture

Behind the Beaver is Dogfish Woman, part human part shark and the third paddler. Across from the Bear Mother is the first paddler on the starboard side, the Eagle. Just beneath the Eagle is the Frog.

image spirit haida sculpture northwest coast native aboriginal art bill reid
Starboard Side of 'Spirit of Haida Gwaii' Sculpture

The second paddler on the starboard side behind the Eagle is the Wolf. The Wolf has his hind claws on the Beaver's back while this teeth are in the Eagle's wing. Behind the Wolf is the third paddler, a human called the Ancient Reluctant Conscript.

image haida sculpture northwest coast native aboriginal art bill reid
Closer Views of Raven, Human, Wolf and Shaman

At the stern is the Raven who is also holding the steering oar. The center of the canoe sits the Shaman and Haida Chief Kilstlaai who is holding a staff with a killer whale on top.

image haida art sculpture northwest coast native art bill reid artist
Closer Views of the Wolf, Haida Chief, Eagle and Grizzly Bear

Crouching under the Raven's tail is the Mouse Woman who is the traditional guide for those who travel between the human world and non-human realms of Haida mythology.

image haida art sculpture northwest coast native aboriginal
Closer View of Mouse Woman from Haida Mythology

This 'Spirit of Haida Gwaii' sculpture is located at the end of the Grand Hall and visitors walk all around this impressive piece to marvel at it from all angles - see the museum video clip. A portrayal of the 'Spirit of Haida Gwaii' is featured on the Canadian twenty dollar bill.

Click any image or link below to start viewing our beautiful
selection of Northwest Coast Native Aboriginal art

northwest indian art carvings bear -----northwest indian art prints loon
-- Northwest Indian ---------- Northwest Indian ----
Art Carvings ------------------- Art Prints ---

Another large statue by Bill Reid on display at the same museum is his orca killer whale piece named 'Chief of the Undersea World'. He has also done many beautiful art paintings including one on display at the Mississauga Civic Centre.

Northwest Coast Native Aboriginal artists are producing some stunning artwork these days. Imagine such a piece displayed in your home. See Northwest Coast Native Aboriginal art carvings or Northwest Coast Native Aboriginal art prints at very affordable online prices at Free Spirit Gallery.

See Our Native Canadian Art Videos

-image inuit art video-----image northwest native indian art carvings video
Inuit Art Sculptures ----- Northwest Native
- from the Arctic --------- Indian Carvings

[Back to Northwest Native Aboriginal Artwork Information Resource Articles]



Gallery Main Artwork Categories

Inuit Art: Polar Bears Seals Walruses Muskox Inukshuk Whales Baskets Prints Other

Northwest Indian Art: Bears Eagles/Birds Salmons Killerwhales Masks Prints Other

Free Spirit Gallery Site Map

 

Copyright 2006-2014 Free Spirit Gallery, All Rights Reserved