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Museum of Civilization – Gatineau, Quebec

Museum of Civilization – Gatineau, Quebec

A great place to visit but I certainly don’t get there as often as I would like to. This day in June, seemed like a good time as any to pack up my camera gear and head across the river for another visit to this museum. A number of years ago, I met a tour guide of Haidan ancestry at the UBC Museum of Anthropology who said that she would like to see pictures of the Museum of Civilization’s Grand Hall. She was particularly interested in the Haidan house because much of the exhibit came from a location of her youth and her grandmother’s village.

Grand Hall - Museum of Civilization

The grand hall is indeed grand. Because the totem poles are so tall and the buildings are so wide it is a bit tough to photograph the whole area.

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UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, British Columbia

UBC Museum of Anthropology

UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, British Columbia

Many of the totem poles in the Museum came from the village of Ninslits (Skungwa’ai) on the Queen Charlotte Islands which is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Update: In 2009, the Queen Charlotte Islands were renamed Haida Gaii (“Islands of the People”) as part of a reconciliation agreement between government and the Haida people.