Who was Bill Reid?

In his own words

Bill Reid
"I don't think we can begin to reconstruct the past"

I don't think we can begin to reconstruct the past or any impression of it. These people were so entirely different in their outlook and in their way of thinking from anything that we can even imagine, that... Aside from the clues that you get from their artwork as to their personality I don't think there's anything much you can find. I feel after spending the last couple of years out here that I got to know them fairly well, especially when we were working inside and surrounded by the old poles.

Bill Reid carving at the Museum of Anthropology, UBC, Vancouver, 1957. Courtesy Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Archives.