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By George F. MacDonald

In 1966 the nationwide Museum of guy introduced an incredible software of prehistoric study at the northern coast of British Columbia, a undertaking which was once conducted over twenty years. a major a part of that software used to be the mapping and recording of the most important villages of the Haida at the Queen Charlotte Islands. In "Chiefs of the ocean and sky", archaeologist George F. MacDonald presents an outline of this vast learn at the Haida. He recounts the heritage of eighteen of the key villages, telling the tale in their humans and describing the positioning in their homes and different identified constructions. In his creation, he explains how the Haida's significant cedar homes and totem poles are a part of a desirable non secular and fabric tradition which integrates kinfolk, heritage, ritual and technique. the varied historic images which accompany the textual content illustrate the richness and diversity of Haida sculpture; they exhibit the villages on the top in their glory within the Eighties and Eighteen Nineties and of their next and tragic decay. "George F. MacDonald is Director of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. he's the writer of "Haida huge artwork.

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Two Eagle families also lived in the village. Almost all the crests of both clans figure in the village sculpture, as do other motifs depicting stories associated with the families. Skedans was abandoned only a few years after Dawson's visit in 1878, at which time most of the houses appear to have been habitable. TANU 48 TANU is SITUATED ON A SIZEABLE ISLAND opposite Kunga Island in Laskeek Bay. The name T'anu refers to a type of sea grass found near the village. Another name was "Klue's village," after Xe-u, "Southeast," the original town chief and head of the ruling family.

The crest is a beaver. Note the frogs in its ears and the potlatch cylinders, records of feasts given by Skotsgai, above its head.

Many natives were killed in the foray or by boat parties sent after them. Newctv;^; S90S

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