Tag Archives: Haida Gwaii

Duff and Kew: 1957 article on SGang Gwaay Town

As promised, I am linking to a copy of the 1957 report (PDF) by Wilson Duff and Michael Kew on the Kunghit Haida town of  SGang Gwaay, which has also been known erroneously as Ninstints. Little mention is made of … Continue reading

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Speaking of Wilson Duff and Bill Reid

Yesterday I noted the upcoming musical about the Bill Reid-Wilson Duff expedition to “rescue” carved poles at the Haida Village of SGang Gwaay (Ninstints).  I’ve just found that the CBC has posted online a short documentary, (2013:edit, use this link)  … Continue reading

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Upcoming musical about Wilson Duff (!)

I can hardly believe this, but the Vancouver Playhouse is mounting a new musical based on an event familiar to to all students of archaeology and anthropology n BC.  The musical stars John Mann from the band Spirit of the … Continue reading

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Haida Archaeology at the Virtual Museum of Canada

The Canadian Heritage Information Network (the venerable CHIN) has, via the Virtual Museum of Canada,  a small online exhibit of Haida Gwaii archaeology posted. I hate to be all grumpy since such initiatives should be supported, but seriously – the … Continue reading

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Haida Gwaii is now just Haida Gwaii

The thinnest possible news report from the Times-Colonist says that the BC Government will now use “Haida Gwaii” in all official contexts, rather than “The Queen Charlotte Islands”.  Presumably this means it will be changed in the official BC Gazetteer … Continue reading

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Annotation: Kilgii Gwaay excavations.

I’ve found that individual powerpoint slides can be saved as JPG images, complete with their annotations.  Since I have a lot of these I may share some.  The above shows excavation in the shell-rich component of the intertidal site at … Continue reading

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Raven-Walking & Geological Transformation

Three things we know about Haida Gwaii: 1.  About 14,500 calendar years ago it was a temperate tundra environment, with no trees.  The first trees, pine, appear about 14,000 years ago and there is progressive forest infilling thereafter, with the … Continue reading

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