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Bill Reid

Bill Reid

| 27 min

This documentary follows Haida artist Bill Reid, from British Columbia. A jeweller and wood carver, he works on a traditional Haida totem pole. We watch the gradual transformation of a bare cedar trunk into a richly carved pole to stand on the shores of the town of Skidegate, in the Queen Charlotte Islands of B.C.

  • director
    Jack Long
  • producer
    Penni Jacques
    George Johnson
  • executive producer
    John Taylor
  • camera
    Jack Long
    David Geddes
    Rudy Pentisch
  • sound
    Richard Patton
    Robert Young
  • editing
    George Johnson
  • sound editing
    John Knight
  • re-recording
    Barry P. Jones
  • animation
    Svend-Erik Eriksen
  • music
    Fred Stride
    Dave Robbins


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Ages 12 to 17

Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society

Students could research a history of the Haida in British Columbia, especially the art of carving totem poles from the cedars. What do these poles represent for the Haida people? Consider the skills that are involved in making woodcarvings, especially something of this magnitude. Does the fact that the carver uses electrical tools diminish the authenticity of his work?

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