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    I've never felt that I was doing something for my people, except what I could to bring the accomplishments of the old ones to the attention of the world. I think the Northwest Coast style of art is an absolutely unique product, one of the crowning achievements of the whole human experience. I just don't want the whole thing swept under the carpet without someone paying attention to it.
    — Bill Reid
    It suits my own attitude toward the world and its people to believe that the Raven is this completely self-centered, uninvolved bringer of change, through inadvertence and accident, and so on... It's a version of the Raven myth for today, not for the time when it was created.
    — Bill Reid
    tags: time  people  world  believe  attitude 
     
    I certainly and deliberately introduced a great deal of variety into the people in the clamshell, which I suppose grows out of growing up in an individualistic society we profess to have.
    — Bill Reid
    tags: people  society 
     
    I have created the Raven in my own image over the years and insist that mine is the version of this personality that is correct - well, at least it is correct as far as I am concerned.
    — Bill Reid
    tags: personality  year 
     
    I consider myself one of the most fortunate of men, to have lived at a time when some of the old Haidas and their peers among the Northwest Coast peoples were still alive, and to have had the privilege of knowing them.
    — Bill Reid
    tags: time  men  knowing 
     
    But I didn't think about this beforehand. I just went ahead and did it, and that's the way it turned out. So I guess there are lots of paradoxes which I'll leave for other people to unscramble.
    — Bill Reid
    tags: people 
     
    I have a sort of waking nightmare: to get this thing just about completed, and the last day to discover one little part that doesn't quite fit with the adjacent part.
    — Bill Reid
    Great art must be a living thing, or it is not art at all.
    — Bill Reid
    tags: living 
     
    It's hard to understand how you arrive at a design. It's far too complicated to get any overall picture of.
    — Bill Reid
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    bill reid
    Birth    : January 12, 1920
    Death  : March 13, 1998
    Occupation  : Artist