Bill Helin is a Canadian Children’s Book illustrator and writer, wood carver and designer in the style of the Tsimshian/Tlingit First Nation of northwest coast of British Columbia. Bill’s ancestry is from the Gits'iis tribe in the village of Lax Kw'alaams, B.C. His father was Chief Arthur Hyemass Helin-(pronounced Hel-een) and his Mother Carole is Norwegian.
Some of his accomplishments include designing 3 patches worn by astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Columbia in 1996, and Canadian Astronaut Robert Thirsk, on his mission to the Int. Space Station in 2011. Bill was one of the lead carvers of the world's tallest (182’ tall) totem pole known as the Spirit of Lekwammen for the 94 Commonwealth Games. He created a 40’ red cedar Ravensong Canoe for the 2010 Olympics, and carved a talking stick for Bill Clinton.
In the past three years Mr. Helin has illustrated 68 children's education books and recently finished writing and illustrating his 8 book series on the Tlingit First Nation of Alaska. Currently he resides in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island B.C. www.billhelin.com