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Picture then, a beautiful, yet lonely and silent land in the days when the great forests were still intact, when the waters literally teemed with fish, and the skies were sometimes black with myriad migrating birds. Vigorous and an extremely creative people, the Haida inhabit the Galapagos of the North for close to 10 000yrs with an unchallenged knowledge of the surrounding waters, traveling as far south as California and beyond. The art of canoe, houses and totem building. Moieties of Ravens and Eagles, a happy matriarchal lifestyle, the festive Potlatch determines the rules and organizational structures, the values of chieftainship and leadership.

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Those Born At Koona by John and Carolyn Smyly
This book is a must if visiting the village of Skedans. It reviews the overall village layout, providing an insight of village and household life, and is complemented with photos and sketches of the totem poles. When visiting the Royal Museum in Victoria, BC, or the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Ontario one can view the small replica of Skedans.
Highlights: The story of the totem poles. B/w photos throughout the book.
Those Born at Koona draws together as complete a story as will ever be told about these monuments of cedar.
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