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James Hart of Haida Gwaii
"Bill, you’re Haida, there’s no question"

I talked to Bill one time about being Haida and I said, "Bill, you’re Haida, there’s no question, don’t ever, don’t even question that, I mean what you do is Haida." And because he was involved in the outside world a lot, he wouldn’t be at home, you know what I mean, that connection. And so I think he questioned it within himself but coming from up there, I could kind of see he was wrestling with it here and there, and I just said, "You’re Haida Bill, there is no question there, and that’s how we look at you."

James Hart of Haida Gwaii, (Chief Edensu), Haida chief, artist, and carver of “The Celebration of Bill Reid Pole,” interviewed at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 2008.