Walking along the shores of Haida Gwaii, Bill would say that “ you have to be stupid to not survive here”. He was referring to the wealth of food and resources to be had in the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Bill’s work fanned the flames of inspiration in a whole generation of Haida artists, canoe builders, and paddlers. But mostly Bill brought international eyes to Haida art, culture, and their land claim issues.
Bill’s ashes were transported in the Lootaas to Tanu, a most important historical Haida Gwaii village where his maternal grandmother is buried, and where his ashes lie among the mossy old totems, guarded by Haida Watchmen.