Bill Reid Gallery: First Nations Dazzling Enchantment
No visit to coastal British Columbia is complete without some immersion into Northwest Coast Canadian Indian art. If you don’t have a chance to get to the UBC Museum of Anthropology or to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria (or even if you do), do not miss this jewel of a gallery. Named after the late Bill Reid, a pioneer among Northwest Coast artists, the gallery displays his works in various mediums as well as temporary exhibits by guest artists.
The most famous piece in the gallery is a monumental frieze that illustrates four myths of the First Nations people, but the room displaying Reid's intricate, mythical jewelry is truly enchanting. You will be dazzled by the Milky Way necklace, a double layer of heavy and fragile gold triangles studded with tiny white diamonds.