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Haida Gwaii, Spirit of: Statue at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
by Bill Reid
located in James M. Goode's Pennsylvania Avenue area (click link for more in that area)

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The Haida are an Indigenous nation of the west coast of North America. The Haida territories comprise an archipelago called Haida Gwaii, off the coast of British Columbia, and southeast of Alaska. Their main archipelago is commonly known by the European applied name, the Queen Charlotte Islands. The Haida are commonly referred to in Canada as being a First Nations "band" (not "tribe" as in American parlance). Their ancestral language is the Haida language, which has never been adequately classified by linguists because of its uniqueness. Source: Wikipedia




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The Canadian Embassy is proud to be the home of Haida artist Bill Reid's
largest and most complex work of sculpture: a bronze-cast sculpture of a
canoe containing thirteen mythological Haida figures.

Ed. Note: The middle paragraphs from the above plaque are omitted here. See the text which appears below the next image. There the middle paragraphs are parsed so the description of each figure is immediately below that figure's picture.

The canoe contains both Raven and Eagle - the two sides of the Haida social
order; women and men, a rich man and a poorer man, animals and human
beings. It is an image not only of one culture but of the entire family of living
things: Not all is peace and contentment in this crowded boat, but whatever
their differences, they are paddling together, in one boat, headed in one direction.

Whereever their journey takes them, let us wish them luck.

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Among the creatures and humans represented are the Raven, the trickster of the Northwest Coast,

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holding the steering oar; under his tail is the Mouse Woman, the traditional guide to travellers between the human and non-humanrealms of Haida myth.

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In the bow is the Grizzly Bear;

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paddling on the port side is [Bear's] human wife, the Bear Mother.

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Between [Bear & Bear Woman] are their children, the Two Cubs.

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Behind the Bear Mother is the Beaver, an uncle of the Raven, who hoardedall the fresh water and fish in the world.

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Behind [Beaver] is the Dogfish Woman, a shape-changing creature, part human and part shark.

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Across from the Bear Mother is the Eagle.

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Beneath Eagle, perched on the gunwale is the Frog

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Arched across the centre of the canoe is the Wolf, withhis claws in the Beaver's back and his teeth in the Eagle's wings.

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Behind the shoulders of the Wolf is a human paddler whom Reid calls "the Ancient ReluctantConscript".

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Behind the
At the centre of this menagerie stands the shaman, known in Haida as "Kilstlaai". His robe and staff, sculpture within sculpture, portray the Seabear, the Raven and the Killer Whale - allusions to other stories central to the Haida view of the world.

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The Spirit of Haida Gwaii
Artist Bill Reid
Gift of Nabisco Brands Toronto, Canada

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More Info
See
James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 446 Item #10.02; Pennsylvania Avenue area)

Artist: Bill Reid
Related subjects: Allegory, Mythology
Location: Just N of Pennsylvania Ave. at 4th St NW Washington, D.C.
See Pennsylvania Avenue area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: Judiciary Square (Red) (click station name for all sculptures nearby) (dcMem ID #355 )

Links & other sources
Canadian Embassy website
Bill Reid Foundation website
Canadian Civilizations website
Wikipedia article on Haida
History of Judiciary Square including mention of Wyeth's Municipal Center
The Jade Canoe (2nd casting)

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