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Haida Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Haida language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Haida tribe and their society. Please note that Haidas and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Haida history is interesting and important, but the Haida Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Our Haida Websites

Haida Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Haida Indian language.
Haida Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Haida culture.
Haida Legends:
    Collection of Haida Indian legends and folktales.

Haida Tribal and Community Websites

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska:
    Coalition representing Tlingit and Haida Native American interests.
Skidegate First Nation:
    Official homepage of the Skidegate Haida tribe.

Maps of Haida Lands

Haida Gwaii Map:
    Map showing the location of the seven Haida communities of the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte) Islands.
Where Is Haida Gwaii?:
    Several maps of the Haida Gwaii archipelago.
Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska:
    Map showing the location of the Haida and other Alaska Native tribes.

Haida Lifestyle and Tradition

The Haida, Children of Eagle and Raven:
    Cultural, historical, and artistic information on the Haida people.
Haida, Spirits of the Sea:
    A virtual museum exhibit of the Haidas' traditional life.
The Haidas:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Haida Indians.
    History of the Haida people in Canada.
Haida Indians:
    Anthropology text on the Haida people.
Canadian Peoples: Na-Dene:
    Ethnography of the Haida and Dene nations.
Haida Tribe:
    Article on Haida history and culture.
Canoeing Cultures: The Haida * War Canoes of the Haida Tribe:
    Haida canoe-building and traditional culture.
Haida House:
    Recreation of a 19th-century Haida house.
Haida Dice and Gambling Sticks:
    Photographs and descriptions of traditional Haida games of chance.
Alaska Native Heritage Center:
    Cultural and historical information about the Haida, Tlingit, Eyak, and Tsimshian peoples.
Haida Authors:
    Haida writers, their lives and work.
Crest Tattoos of the Northwest Coast:
    Article on the tattoo traditions of the Tlingit and Haida people, with photographs.
Haida Deer Stew Recipe * Rainy Day Fish Chowder * Alaskan Baked Salmon:
    Traditional Haida food recipes.
Haida House:
    Model of a traditional Haida longhouse.

Haida Religion and Myth

Haida Legends:
    Collection of Haida Indian legends and folktales.
Haida Song Collection:
    Compilation of Haida sacred songs.
Xaadee Gyaahlaangaay:
    The Creation Story, Bear Mother Legend, and other traditional stories in the original Haida language.
The Thunderbird Tootooch Legends:
    Online collection of Kwakiutl and Haida myths and folktales.

Haida Arts and Artifacts

Bill Reid Foundation * Bill Reid * Remembering Bill Reid * The Spirit of Haida Gwaii * Bill Reid:
    Websites about the acclaimed Haida carver Bill Reid.
George Storry Designs:
    Gold and silver Haida jewelry for sale as well as masks, totem poles, and other traditional carvings.
Robert Davidson:
    Painting, sculpture, and jewelry made by a renowned Haida artist.
Haida Manga:
    Nicoll Yahgulanaas' interesting fusion of traditional Haida drawing with manga style comics.
Killer Whale Woman Prints:
    Artwork of Haida painter April White.
Northwestern Coast Metalworking Arts:
    Article on the history of Haida and other Northwest Indian jewelry traditions, with many bracelet pictures.
Haida Pipe * Raven Rattle * Haida Secret Society Masks * Bentwood Storage Boxes:
    Pictures of traditional Haida wood carving.
Haida Carvings * Haida Model Totem Pole:
    Museum exhibits of Haida argillite carvings.
Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage: Haida:
    Online exhibit of Haida artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Howkan Pole:
    Photograph and description of a Haida totem pole.
Haida Bullroarer, Drums, and Rattles:
    Haida musical instruments.
Haida Clothing and Headdresses * Haida Textiles * Woven Haida Hats
    Haida Basket Hats and Clothing * Indian Clothes * Native Hairstyles:
    Pictures of traditional Haida Indian clothing.
Northwest Coast Button Blankets * Haida Button Blanket
    Photographs and descriptions of Haida, Tsimshian, Tlingit, and Nisga'a blanket robes.
Haida Coppers:
    Pictures of Haida copper shields.
Haida Canoe:
    Photograph and description of a Haida canoe.
Dorothy Grant Art:
    Fashion designs and artwork for sale by a Haida Native artist.
Four Directions: Haida:
    Timeline and links about Haida history.

Books for sale on the Haidas
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Children of the Raven:
    Book of Haida myths and legends for sale.
The Day Sun Was Stolen:
    Picture book for children retelling a classic Haida myth.
Gaaw Xaadee Gyaahlaangaay:
    Two audio CD's of Haida storytellers narrating traditional tales in Haida and in English.
Haida Monumental Art:
    Beautiful art book of totem poles and other Haida carvings.
*Mouse Woman and the Mischief Makers * Mouse Woman and the Muddleheads * Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses :
    Lively retellings of three Haida legends about a mouse goddess.
Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast:
    An excellent book for beginners on Haida and other Pacific Northwest art symbols and designs.
The Thunderbird Tootooch Legends:
    Online collection of Kwakiutl and Haida myths and folktales.
American Indian Literature:
    Evolving list of books about Haidas and American Indians in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Britannica: Haida People * Wikipedia: Haida * Aboriginal Groups: Haida: * Haida Tribe:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Haida tribes.
   Pueblo Haida: * Los Haida: * Los Haidas:
   Information about the Haida tribe in Spanish.
  Peuples autochtones de la côte pacifique:
  Information about the Haida and other Northwest Coast First Nations in French.
   Haida Indians * Haida * Haidas:
   Haida links.

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