The Respect To Bill Reid Pole

Resources - Bill Reid - Haida Artist

The figures Jim Hart carved into "The Respect to Bill Reid Pole" were chosen by the artist in consultation with Haida elders and members of Bill Reid's family, originally from the village of Tanoo, on Haida Gwaii. From top to bottom, these figures (known as crests) include:

Three Watchmen:
The Watchmen look out for danger in the natural and supernatural worlds.


Eagle:
The Eagle represents all the Eagle people of the Haida. The woman with the labret, located in the Eagle's tail, symbolizes the Grandmother of the Eagle clan.


Raven:
The Raven represents the Raven people of the Haida. The woman with the labret, located in the Raven's tail, symbolizes the Grandmother of the Raven clan.


Wolf:
The Wolf represents Bill Reid and his clan, K'aadaas Gaah Kiiguway.


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