The Last Recluse references


...the last Canada Goose"

Sometimes a harbinger of seasons, sometimes a symbol, but usually a pest. The Canada Goose earned it's name in 1772 during the early period of British rule in North America. At Ontario Place, they'll swarm you like a gang of feckless thugs. The migratory bird has reached as far as northern Europe.

Who are you? The Black Canoe?

The Black Canoe is the colloquial name for Bill Reid's epic sculpture which appears on Canada's $20 bill. "The Spirit of Haida Gwaii" was first cast in bronze and sits in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. A white version is on display at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau near Ottawa.

"Reid's reputation as an artist derives in part from the pivotal role he has played in the rebirth of northern art. In 1948, when Reid decided to emulate his grandfather, Charles Gladstone, and become a silversmith and goldsmith, he did so not only by training as a jeweler but by studying and analyzing old pieces stored in museums. As an expert jeweler he introduced complex traditional European jewelry techniques (e.g.repousse) to the manufacture to North west Coast metalwork. In fact, no other Northwest Coast Artist who works in precious metals has the range of techniques that Reid commands. In analyzing museum specimens, Reid along with Bill Holm, has been largely responsible for the modern understanding of the principles of Northern two-dimensional design."