Thursday, August 2, 2007

Haida Cultural Centre & Skidegate Days

July 21, 2007 Even though it is a bit rainy today, we have decided to go to the orientation session for the Gwaii Haanas Park at the Haida Cultural Centre and Museum. It is about a 45 minute bike ride and we have to be there by 9:30 am for the hour long session. After the orientation, we explore the museum. Today they are having the Grand Opening of this museum. They have been working on it since 2000 and we just happen to be here for this special day. It has been beautifully done with lots of information about the Haida people, their culture, art, totem poles, and food. We get to sample some dried smoked salmon and dried salted kelp. Afterwards, he head a few kilometers down the road to Skidegate where they just happen to be having their annual Skidegate Days fair! Skidegate has a population of about 620, mostly Haida, and they know how to put on a party! For dinner they put on a great salmon barbeque (with Dungeness crab). Yummmm!