“Pic of the Week”, August 23, 2019: The Spirit of Haidi Gwaii

02 Spirit of Haida Gwaii

British Columbia native artist, Bill Reid (1920–1998), may well be the best and best known Haida artist in the world.  I think his finest work is this piece entitled “Spirit of Haidi Gwaii”. 

Haidi Gwaii is a chain of islands off the coast of northern British Columbia which were formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.  The native culture features a rich history of totem pole carvings.

This white plaster model can be found in the main hall inside the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.  The piece was subsequently cast in bronze and two copies are available, one outside the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the other at the International Terminal at Vancouver International Airport.  I prefer this version because …

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Rambling around Ottawa

02 Around Ottawa (5)

Canada’s capital city of Ottawa is one I’d highly recommend for a visit.  It’s small (even if including its twin city of Gatineau across the Ottawa River), has many interesting museums and sites for tourists to visit, is home to some fine restaurants and a great market, and is very easy to explore on foot.  It makes an excellent long weekend get-away destination.

My most recent visit to Ottawa was my third so I had a pretty good sense of the city and where I was going.  I was traveling with my brother and cousin, both less familiar with Ottawa than I was, but we all had a great time wandering and exploring and catching up with what’s happening in each …

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