XHUWAJI / HAIDA GRIZZLY BEAR

Banknote Image

Original image upon which
the banknote is based

The Haida Grizzly Bear design originated as a ceremonial drum created by Bill Reid and was produced by the Sam family of Ahousat, British Columbia in 1988. The drum is now a part of the Artists for Kids permanent collection. In 1990, in collaboration with print maker Terra Bonnieman, Bill Reid refined the original design of Xhuwaji / Haida Grizzly Bear to create a serigraph of which copies were sold to raise funds for the Artists for Kids Trust.

The Artists for Kids Trust was established in 1989 through a generous partnership between some of Canadaís finest artists and the North Vancouver School District. Its mission, through the sale of original prints created by its patron artists, is to build an art education legacy for the children of British Columbia.

The male grizzly bear was a favourite image of Bill Reid, and he used it in his jewelry designs and sculpture. The round image of Xhuwaji / Haida Grizzly Bear symbolizes strength and shows the grizzly bear in the traditional Haida colours of red and black. The bearís large flaring nostrils attest to its fierce character and the protruding tongue symbolizes the oral nature of the Haida people.

The illustration used for the $20 banknote was coloured in yellow and orange for security, technical, and aesthetic reasons.

Photo:  Artists For Kids Trust.

The Raven and the First Men Xhuwaji / Haida Grizzly Bear The Spirit of Haida Gwaii Mythic Messengers

© Copyright 2011 Bill Reid Foundation.

 

Overview

The Spirit of
Haida Gwaii


The Raven and
the First Men


Mythic
Messengers

Xhuwaji / Haida Grizzly Bear

 


Overview

 


The Spirit of Haida Gwaii



The Raven and the First Men



Mythic Messengers


Xhuwaji / Haida Grizzly Bear