Who was Bill Reid?

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Bill Reid age 1 year with his father, c. 1921

Bill Reid’s father ran hotels in Smithers, BC and Hyder, Alaska. According to Canadian law, Sophie and her children had lost their "Indian" status after her marriage to a non-Native man.

Bill Reid and his father
Hyder, Alaska
c. 1921
Courtesy Bill Reid Estate



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In his own words

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