Facing the ocean there are six monumental poles that were raised in June of 2001. Each pole represents a historical Haida village whose descendants live in Skidegate, HlGaagilda, today. When you book a private tour you will be guided through an in-depth journey of each pole and the crests and clans represented thereof, shared with you will be historical context of the pole in Haida culture and how the Haida saved the knowledge and brought poles back to Haida Gwaii – that is, raised new poles and repatriated historical poles, which you can view in the Saahlinda Naay, Saving Things House (The Haida Gwaii Museum) and inside the Haida Heritage Centre.
The culture is not the totem poles, songs, dance or even blood; …Haida culture is the relationship of our people to these islands. The carving and what we consider art are ways of expressing that relationship.
Gidansda, Guujaaw – former President of the Haida Nation
-Hereditary Chief of G̲aag’yals K̲iiG̲awaay
In addition to the six outdoor monumental poles there are seven poles that are permanently on exhibit inside the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum.
This is a private tour that must be booked in advance
Time: 1 hour
If the tour or time that you would like to book is unavailable, please call our front desk for more options 250-559-7885