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Bill Reid

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Bill Reid by Maria Tippett
Apr 13, 2011 | ISBN 9780307366016

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“In Bill Reid: The Making of an Indian, Tippett presents considerable evidence that Reid spent much of his life perplexed by who he was, never at ease as an Indian, but never quite satisfied to be an urbane white man either…. We know, thanks to Tippett’s dogged research for this book, that he did not single-handedly rescue Northwest coast art from oblivion. But what he did do was introduce the concept that native artists might command important commissions and consort with important patrons.”
The Vancouver Sun; Times-Colonist (Victoria)

“The book’s great strength is Tippett’s extensive archival research. She has found important family records, many of Reid’s letters, and an early radio documentary…. All of us are therefore in her debt.”
The National Post

“Tippett’s writing is exceptionally crisp, and she keeps an academic’s tight rein on the material, sticking with the facts of Reid’s life.”
Quill & Quire

"There is enough inherent melodrama in is story to render his creative-cultural saga brutally sentimental, but Tippett wisely avoids this temptation."
Quill and Quire, Dec 2003

“A scrupulously even-handed tight-wire act…. This is engaging, hard stuff, fairly asked and fairly considered.”
Toronto Star

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