SGang Gwaay

Sep 13, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Walking on boardwalks and green paths lined with clamshells on the island of SGang Gwaay, we were led by watchmen on a journey into the past. This is a sacred and spiritual place. SGang Gwaay is the only example in the world of a traditional northwest coast First Nations village site with standing poles. House pits with corner posts still intact set the scene as we learned about the Haida way of life and family structure. Bright sunlight illuminated intricate carvings on memorial poles that have survived fire, wind, and rain; emphasizing the great skill necessary to create lasting works of art.

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Emily Pickering

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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