Queen Charlotte City and Old Masset

Sep 05, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


What an incredible day immersed in local culture and history at Old Masset on the island of Haida Gwaii. We were immediately welcomed into the homes and lives of native Haida, local artists, expert carvers, dancers, and chiefs. Jim Hart shared with us his passion for carving and his plans for particular projects that are currently in the process of becoming finished works. Christian White led us into his workshop where canoes rested, workbenches were full of used tools, and poles were coming to life. The afternoon came to its crescendo with a bountiful feast of native foods, including herring roe, salmon, fry bread, fish chowder, sea asparagus, and soap berries with cream for dessert. The dance performers gave everyone a feel for what a potlach would be like, and many guests joined in on the men and women’s dances. What a privilege to learn from the Haida people and share in this magical experience with them.

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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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