"Know that Haida culture is not simply song and dance, graven images, stories, language, or even blood. It is all of those things and then... waking up on Haida Gwaii anticipating the season when the herring spawns. It is a feeling you get when you bring a feed of cockles to the old people, and when you are fixing up fish for the smokehouse, or when walking on barnacles or moss...

It is about being confronted with winter storms and trying to look after this precious place. All that we say is ours is of Haida Gwaii. This is our lot, our heritage, our life... and one of the world's great cultures."
- from the foreward to Skidegate Haida Myths and Histories
- photo David Nunuk


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