UBC Museum of Anthropology: Museum Associate Tour to Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is Canada's most remote and unique archipelago and the traditional territory of the Haida First Nations. The islands isolated location and unique conditions have made them a special destination for visitors from British Columbia, Canada and around the world interested in the islands unique natural and Haida traditions.
My role was to escort Museum of Anthropology's Volunteer Associates around the islands cultural, historical and environmental sites that included:
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which features several old Haida village sites including Ninstints, where the most original totem poles are best preserved. A Haida Watchmen provided interpretation of the building and artifacts as well as a history lesson. Additionally, the group attended a repatriation dinner that included experiencing a traditional meal and cultural dances.
Port Clements Settlers Museum, which housesall sorts of artifacts relating to Port Clements days as a pioneer town with heavy roots in the forest industry.
St. Mary's Spring an interesting road side curio with a carving of St. Mary by local carver Ted Bellis. The sign says “if you drink these waters you will one day find yourself back on Haida Gwaii”, there is also another sign right beside that one that says this is untreated water and to drink at your own risk.
Balance Rock is a boulder strangely balanced on a tiny bit of rock, definitely an interesting sight.
Visiting William White Haida First Nations carver in his studio.