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Tanu Photos, T'aanuu Lnagaay, Haida Heritage Site, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canadian National Parks Stock Photos

Tanu, T'aanuu Lnagaay, Laskeek Bay, Haida Heritage Site, Gwaii Haanas National Park,   British Columbia, Canada CM11-02

Tanu, T'aanuu Lnagaay, Laskeek Bay, Haida Heritage Site, Gwaii Haanas National Park, British Columbia, Canada CM11-02

Description : George M. Dawson, who visited this village in 1878 during his work for the Canadian Geographical Survey, wrote a vivid description of a Haida house:

The village consists of perhaps twelve or fourteen of the large houses usual on the coast, & bristles with totem poles carved into Grotesque figures. Some of the houses entered through holes in the bases of the poles, but Clue,s by an ordinary door. Descending some steps one is in a rectangular area depressed somewhat below the level of the ground outside, with several broad steps running round it, on which the family goods, bedding &c. placed. In the Centre a square area not boarded in which a bright fire of small logs burns, the smoke passing off through apertures in the roof above. Clue with some of his friends occupied positions on the further side of the fire from the door. Squatting on Clean mats, several women, who however kept in the background.

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