Bill Reid – Black Eagle Canoe

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Thirty years ago, famed Canadian artist Bill Reid created what he considered his greatest work. From a single cedar log, Reid carved a 50-foot war canoe, the Loo Taas or Wave Eater. It was first of its kind in the northwest coast in about a century, sparking a renaissance of the canoe culture of indigenous people that continues to this day.

Commodore’s Boats was honoured to be asked to participate in the restoration and preservation of such a historic boat. The Black Eagle, was installed in solemn ceremonies at the Burnaby Mountain campus of SFU. With fresh cedar bows, Black Eagle was blessed with water in its new home as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the university.

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