Collection: Bill Helin

Bill Helin is a Canadian artist, illustrator, jewelry designer engraver, writer, tourism and branding expert, drumming specialist, singing and verbal storyteller; and logo and gift product designer in the Northwest Coast style and a member of the Tsimshian First Nation of northwestern British Columbia.

is ancestry is from the Gits'iis tribe in the village of Lax Kw'alaams, B.C. His father was Arthur Helin-(pronounced Hel-een) (Haymaas), was a commercial fisherman and basketball star, was also in Chief lineage in the Gitlan tribe of the Tsimshian Nation.

Some of Bill's accomplishments include designing three patches worn by astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Columbia 1996, and then two for Canadian Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk, on his second mission to the International Space Station in 2011. Plus a number of other important projects for the Can. Space Agency. 5 Jewelry items were flown on the two missions along with bill's patch designs. Bill and his Mother, blanket maker, Carole Helin,( Listed in the book; Robes of Power), created a traditional hand made button blanket for the Can. Spce Agncy, in the style of Robert Thirsk's Uniform patch design.

In 1994 Bill carved a 40' dugout canoe called the Ravensong and the same year worked on the world's tallest (192' 3" tall) totem pole known as the Spirit of Lekwammen, carved for the Commonwealth Games.

In 2013 Bill carved two 15' red cedar totem poles for the Canadian International School of Hong Kong, in a 21/2 month time period, as their first artist in residence projects, teaching over 1800 students of the carving process and many other topics of First Nations art and culture.

Bill and his daughter Candice Helin, and his granddaughter Trinity are actively teaching stories through drum circles and drum dance presentations. Bill teaches drumming lifestyles and wellness programs throughout schools and corporate venues in B.C.

Bill was contracted by Strong Nations Publishers in Nanaimo to illustrate over 110 books since 2014. All these books and other learning toys and products are used in many schools and homes across Canada.

(Source: Wikipedia

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  • 5 inch finger puppets, " Bill Helin design - 12 to choose from
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  • 12" Culture Canoe with 3 finger puppets, Bill Helin design
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  • Skookum Sasquatch stuffie with Every Child Matters, Bill Helin design
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  • Longhouse play set with 4 finger puppets, Bill Helin design
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  • Black Leather Crossbody bag with embossed Bear Box design by Bill Helin
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  • Powder Polar Bear 6" stuffie with Every Child Matters, Bill Helin design
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  • Mokey Spirit Bear with Every Child Matters, Bill Helin design
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  • Mokey Spirit Bear with salmon hoodie, Bill Helin design
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  • Mokey Spirit Bear with frog hoodie, Bill Helin design
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  • Navy Leather Crossbody bag with embossed Bear Box design by Bill Helin
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  • Turquoise shoulder bag with Hummingbird design by Bill Helin
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  • Hummingbird Passport Pouch with Raven design by Bill Helin
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