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Haida culture is not simply song and dance, graven images, stories, language or even blood. 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.

"Look past the written word and you will find yourself in a world whose fate is intimately tied to the ocean people, the sky people, and the forest people."

-Guujaaw, Haida artist, gak’yaals qiigawaay clan

This Learning Collection is part of the Virtual Museum of Canada Exhibit, Haida Spirits of the Sea.

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