#2 Second Beach Road
Skidegate, B.C. V0T 1S1
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The Museum offers a fascinating look into Haida Gwaii culture from diverse perspectives that explores; Haida knowledge, scientific information, natural specimens, oral history and art all blend together in a fluid and constantly changing exhibit context. We work collaboratively with communities and organizations to provide an inspiring and holistic learning experience of all things Haida Gwaii.Find out more
The underlying theme running through all permanent exhibitions is the complex link between the land, the sea, human beings and the Supernatural Beings that give Haida Gwaii its incomparable natural and cultural character. Every object, art work and archeological piece offers a narrative focusing on its aesthetics, construct, cultural use, and history as derived from our focus on community-based research.
Haida Gwaii is an archipelago located off the northwest coast of British Columbia. The name means “Islands of the people” in the Haida language, and the Indigenous peoples who live here have a deep ancestral connection to the land and sea. Haida Gwaii is also known as the “Galapagos of the North” for its remote and ancient rain forests, stunning shoreline, rich and diverse wildlife, and ancient history and culture.
Body Language is the first exhibition to fully explore the rich history and artistry of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment on the Northwest Coast. Since ancient times, both men and women on the coast marked their clan crests and symbols of personal identity onto their skin. Tattoos were a celebration and recognition of special […]Find out more »
Commissioning art works for ceremony: four monumental masks that come to life on special occasions. As part of its expansion program completed in 2008, the HGM commissioned four large scale masks to represent the primary supernatural beings responsible for the creation of the Haida world. Robert Davidson, Reg Davidson, Jim Hart, and Guujaaw were each […]Find out more »
Haida language- how it continues to be a living language. The two Haida communities of Skidegate and Old Massett have each initiated substantial programs to not only save and record their dialects but to keep the language alive through immersion instruction. This element looks at the work of the two language institutes through recordings and […]Find out more »
The story of the Haida contact with European cultures showing both the significant tragedies that followed for the Haida as well as the strategies they implemented for survival and success. Prophecy of the coming pestilence, Trade and war with explorers, Smallpox and TB epidemics, missionaries and laws suppressing Haida culture, Residential schools and Reservations. The […]Find out more »