Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte City

May 17, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


“All acts must be done with respect and consent; make it right, and everything depends on everything else.”

This morning, we experienced these basic rules of Haida life at the Haida Heritage Center at Kay Llnagaay. Eagle led us on a discovery of the outdoor museum, where we first learned about the six poles representing each of six historic villages in the southern region of Haida Gwaii. The poles were erected in 2001 and accompanied by a day of celebration. We then viewed a sampling of the legendary Haida canoes, one of which was paddled down the River Seine in Paris. Raven then guided us through the magnificent indoor museum filled with important artifacts of the Haida culture. In the afternoon, several activities were available: classes in textile weaving, cedar weaving, and carving/formline design, plus a hike to Spirit Lake. Hidden artistic talents were discovered by many!

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James Coyer

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

It was Malle and Cousteau’s The Silent World, viewed in a dusty meeting hall on a wintry day in central Wisconsin that forged Jim’s dream and commitment to become a marine biologist. Never mind that he was only 8 at the time and that it would be another 13 years before he finally felt the spray of an ocean on his face.

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