Current Location:
Mackinac (GVA) -> 2nd Floor (GVA Mackinac)
Location Notes:
GVA Mackinac; 2nd Floor; Study Room

Haida Beaver Drum

Artwork
Identifier:
2014.64.11
Artist:
Bill Reid
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Embossed and silver-stamped reproduction of a drawing.
Dimensions:
Artworks;Frames - Height: 7.25 in;14 in Width: 5.5 in;11 in
Note: Mat dimensions
Description:
A silver-embossed beaver crest.
Historical Context:
Building upon the broad range of his expression, Bill Reid translated his original designs of animal crests into limited editions silk screen or woodcut prints and drawings. This is a reproduction of one of those drawings. Typical of Beaver design representations are his big incisors, a stick held in its fore feet, and a scaly tail. Here a bird's head with humanoid features represents the tail, situated between the Beaver's ears, an allusion to the transformation from Beaver to human in Haida Mythology.