Haida cultural sites

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site

Monumental Poles

Poles carved with crests of the Eagle and Raven clans of the Haida are found at SG̱ang Gwaay Llnagaay (formerly known as Ninstints), a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Anthony Island, and at the Haida Heritage Site of Ḵ’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans).   

Haida Longhouses

Longhouses, the remnants of which can be seen at T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu), Ḵ’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans), and SG̱ang Gwaay, were constructed in an uniquely Haida way. With amazingly large posts and beams defining the enormous tiered house pits, longhouse remains offer a window into the historic Haida way of life.

Other cultural sites

Haida Gwaii Watchmen cabins, hotsprings, culturally modified trees and more can be seen in Gwaii Haanas. Cultural sites are also found in rivers, on beaches, in the intertidal zone and in the forest. It’s important to treat every area with respect as it could be a potential cultural site.

Watchmen guides visitors in the wood
A longhouse beam at T'aanu Llnagaay © Parks Canada / Jody Bissett


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