Long before a modern nation-state enveloped them, the Haida people
fished, foraged, farmed, and thrived on this fecund, 138-island archipelago lying just to the south of Alaska, off the coast of British Columbia.
In remembering my teachers, I am reminded of the words of Bill Reid, perhaps the most famous artist of the Haida people
, who passed away in 1998.
The Haida people
have brought logging to a halt on their territory by mounting a blockade.
The ancestral remains were part of the collection of the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History and almost the last of more than 450 Haida people
returned home for burial.
For more than 100 years, the Haida people
have claimed title to all the lands of the Gwaii and the waters surrounding it.
When Europeans came to the islands in the 1860s, they brought diseases with them, such as smallpox, which killed many of the Haida people
Equally important, the Haida people
have negotiated an agreement which ensures their full and meaningful participation in planning, managing and operating their ancestral lands.
Originally carved for the family of Massett Haida people
in what was known until very recently as the Queen Charlotte Islands, now officially Haida Gwaii, off the coast of B.
Prefaced with a short history of the Haida people
and their near annihilation through epidemics, Sheehan continues by showing the steps of a sculpture, from the quarrying of the stone through the finished piece, often six months or more later.
I love the Queen Charlotte Islands because I've gotten to know the Haida people
very well, and they've adopted me.
And we take note that the Haida people
have won another court victory.