Bill Reid’s work has long been acknowledged for its astute and eloquent analysis of Haida tradition| and for the paradox of making modern art from the old Haida stories. It helped to make the so-called renaissance of Northwest Coast Native art visible to all. “Bill Reid and Beyond” pays Reid the compliment of expanding on his own clear-eyed self-scrutiny as he came to stand for Native art and artists| more perhaps than he would have wished.
The book’s nineteen contributors write from many perspectives| breaking down boundaries between art history and anthropology| between academic and artist| between colleague and politician.
Alert to the political| economic| and social events of Bill Reid’s lifetime| which have radically changed the way in which Native art is produced and received| this book participates in the important ongoing debates about Native art| demonstrating vividly that the exchange of ideas can| like works of art| change people’s minds.