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By George F. MacDonald

In 1966 the nationwide Museum of guy introduced a tremendous software of prehistoric examine at the northern coast of British Columbia, a venture which was once performed over 20 years. a big a part of that application was once the mapping and recording of the main villages of the Haida at the Queen Charlotte Islands. In "Chiefs of the ocean and sky", archaeologist George F. MacDonald offers an outline of this wide learn at the Haida. He recounts the heritage of eighteen of the main villages, telling the tale in their humans and describing the location in their homes and different identified constructions. In his creation, he explains how the Haida's huge cedar homes and totem poles are a part of a desirable religious and fabric tradition which integrates family members, heritage, ritual and technique. the various old pictures which accompany the textual content illustrate the richness and diversity of Haida sculpture; they exhibit the villages on the top in their glory within the Eighties and Eighteen Nineties and of their next and tragic decay. "George F. MacDonald is Director of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. he's the writer of "Haida huge artwork.

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The village had several other names as well, including Koona and Huadji-lanas ("Grizzly bear town"). Francis Poole, a civil and mining engineer with the Queen Charlotte Mining Company, wrote the following report of his visit with "Chief Klue" of Tanu to the "great chief of the Skiddan tribe" in 1863: The high and mighty chief Skiddan sat in state. . He did not rise when I entered, but continued sitting on a rough kind of platform, with his legs crossed like a tailor's. I was invited to stand on his right, however.

Instead, the missionaries concentrated on replacing the communal dwellings, leaving the poles to eventual destruction through neglect and decay. The date chosen for the village map is 1881. When in that year photographer Edward Dossetter stopped at Skidegate, several new houses were under construction and new memorial poles were being raised. This marked the end of the erection of traditional monuments at the village. By the time photographer Richard Maynard made his trip to Skidegate in 1884, most of the old houses had been pulled down or were in ruins, and many poles had fallen.

On the islet at right were shaman graves. Newcombe, 1901 (RBCM E&2) 6! KAISUN 62 KAISUN (SEA LION TOWN) LOCATED on Inskip Channel on the west coast of Moresby Island belonged to an Eagle lineage who settled there from their previous territory in Skidegate Inlet. Swanton claims that the townsite earlier belonged to a Raven lineage, who had abandoned it. " Europeans called him Skotsgai, a corruption of part of his name. They also frequently referred to the town as Gold Harbour, since it was near the gold strike at Mitchell Inlet, or as Old Gold Harbour, to differentiate it from New Gold Harbour (Haina).

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