In the film excerpts under this theme, an Inuit stone carver, a Wendat artist and a Maliseet painter reflect on the role of art; a wood carver descended from the Haida and a Mi’kmaq painter talk about their sources of inspiration.
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2. The Haida people depend upon their close relationship with nature. In light of this, what do you think Bill Reid means when he states: “The whole culture of these people [the Haida] was built around the cedar tree and the salmon”?
Haida wood carver Bill Reid goes to the Queen Charlotte Islands to work on a totem pole, a gift to the people of the Skidegate community. The film shows the steps in production from bare cedar trunk to richly carved pole.