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Ancient Haida poles, Haida Gwaii
(Tom Ryan photo)

Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands

Aboriginal Experiences

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The Haida people of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) are welcoming and happy to share their culture with others.

Experiencing Haida culture, with its rich history and strong modern community, is a large part of the Haida Gwaii experience.

Evidence of the community's pride, talent, and beauty is everywhere on the islands – in the form of buildings, artwork, etiquette and everyday items, and behaviour.

Many local companies offer day, multi-day or custom tours of the islands that take in various Aboriginal sites on the island, and explain their historical and/or modern day importance.

One of the most significant Aboriginal sites to visit on Haida Gwaii is SGang Gwaay, a UNESCO World Heritage site that features one of the last authentic examples of a west coast First Nations village. The village still has totem poles standing where they were first erected hundreds of years ago.

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Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay - Skidegate

2 Second Beach Rd
Skidegate, British Columbia
V0T 1S1
Toll-free
Phone250-559-7885

The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), opened in July, 2007. The Centre, located at the site of the old Haida seaside village of Kaay Llnagaay, or "Sea Lion Town", showcases the living culture of the Haida, dating back over 12,000 years. Six monumental cedar totem poles carved by Haida artists stand in front of the Haida longhouses, which are connected by interior walkways & atrium space. The Centre incorporates the Haida Gwaii Museum, a gift shop, canoe house, carving shed, performing house, the Bill Reid Teaching Centre & a cafe.

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Crystal Cabin Gallery - Tlell

778 Richardson Rd
Tlell, British Columbia
V0T 1Y0
Toll-free866-557-4383
Phone250-557-4383

Crystal Cabin Gallery with over 20 years of business in Tlell on Haida Gwaii. One of the best selections of jewellery on the islands. Silver, Argillite & wood by Haida artists, beautiful gemstones, crystals, local agates, thunder eggs & island scenic stone. Crystal Cabin Gallery is where artisan jeweller Dutes Dutheil has a workshop gallery designing & handcrafting gold & gemstone jewellery which is available exclusively in the shop. A great assortment of minerals & crystals. Crystal Singing Bowls, books, teas, original t-shirts, cool clothing. Learn about the geology of the islands at the interactive display the 'Tlell Stone Circle', an outdoor installation of local mineral & fossil pieces from the islands. Drive up the hill where there is plenty of parking & shop for the most unique gifts.

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