Bill Reid

Canada, 1979

Film
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This film shows British Columbian Metis artist Bill Reid, jeweller and wood carver, at work on a totem pole in the Haida Indian tradition and the gradual transformation of a bare cedar trunk into a richly carved pole is demonstrated. The totem pole is a gift of the artist to the people of Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands. Particularly moving is the raising of the pole by the villagers, as Bill Reid stands by.

Credits

director
co-producer

George Johnson

Penni Jacques

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Duration

00:28:00:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1979

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

33647

Language

English

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → British Columbia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Haida Indians

Crafts & Visual Arts → Artists

Crafts & Visual Arts → Reid, Bill, 1920-

Crafts & Visual Arts → Wood-carving

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

People → Reid, Bill, 1920-

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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