Bill Reid was born in 1920 to a Scottish-American father and a Haida mother. He became one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, one whose work embodied two profoundly different cultural traditions. This site explores Bill Reid’s quest to understand Haida art, and on the journey, discover his own roots.

The Unfinished Story

The Unfinished Story

Strange things happen when a pole suddenly comes to life in a museum.
Watch the animated version of Bill Reid's story “The Raven’s Call,” and create your own ending.

Who was Bill Reid?

Who was Bill Reid?

It's a long way from being a radio announcer in Victoria to being a renowned artist and carver in the forests of Haida Gwaii. Learn more about Bill Reid's journey, from his friends, his critics, and himself.

Bill Reid's Art

Bill Reid's Art

From jewelry to engraving, carving, painting and sculpture, Bill Reid's journey as an artist led him to combine Haida traditions with modern ideas, forms and techniques.

In the Classroom

In the Classroom

Explore the concepts of identity and belonging with your class, using the Grade 4 and Grade 9 lesson plans and the “All Grades” guide to using the animated version of Bill Reid’s story, “The Raven’s Call.”