Haida Monumental Art
240 pages, 10 1/2 x 9
b&w photos, illustrations, and maps throughout
Paperback
Release Date:01 Jan 1983
ISBN:9780774804844
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Release Date:01 Oct 2007
ISBN:9780774856461
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Haida Monumental Art

Villages of the Queen Charlotte Islands

UBC Press

The Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia constructed some of the most magnificent houses and erected some of the most beautifully carved totem poles on the Northwest Coast. During the last quarter of the nineteenth-century, images of the Haida's immense cedar houses and soaring totem poles were captured, first on glass plates and later on film, by photographers who travelled to then-remote villages such as Masset and Skidegate to marvel at, and record, what they saw there.

Haida Monumental Art, initially published as a limited edition hardcover and finally available in paperback, includes a large number of these remarkable photographs, selected from a collection of over 10,000 original prints and photographic plates. They depict the Haida villages at the height of their glory and record their tragic deterioration only a few decades later. As well, this edition contains the complete text from the first edition, including site plans and detailed descriptions of fifteen major villages and several smaller sites, which are catalogued by house and pole.

By combining archeology and ethnohistory, George MacDonald presents an integrated framework for understanding the physical structure of a Haida village. He explains how the houses and poles are part of a fascinating web of myth, family history and Haida cosmology, which provides a unique insight into Haida culture.

Without any doubt the most important event of the 1994 publishing years if the re-appearance of George F. MacDonald's definitive study, Haida Monumental Art. I cannot think of another book that takes a reader so intimately into the culture of a First Nations people. Daniel Francis, Geist
A monument in itself ... a sourcebook to which the scholar can return over and over again ... pleasurable and informative reading for anyone interested in Northwest Coast culture. Aldona Jonaitis, American Indian Culture and Research Journal
The historical photographs are stunning. To see the villages as the earliest photographers saw them is to recapture in part the wonder and majesty that was the Haida cultural heritage. At the same time, the grief that was the destruction of the villages is all too apparent. Vancouver Province
George F. MacDonald is an anthropologist and was the director of the Canadian Museum of Civilization from 1983-1998.

Foreword / Bill Reid

Preface and Acknowledgments

The Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands

Introduction

Archaeology

Traditional Society

Cosmology

Mythology

Ethnohistory

Contact with European Culture

Haida Dwellings

The House as Symbol

House Types

House Building

House Decoration

Crests

The House Frontal Pole

Monumental and Architectural Features

Mortuary Sculpture

Memorial Poles

Ethnography Among the Haida

The Southern Villages

Skidegate

Haina

Lina

Cumshewa

Kunhalas

Skedans

Tanu

Kaidju

Ninstints

Kaisun

Chaatl

The Northern Villages

Masset

Kayang

Yan

Hiellan

Kung

Yatze

Kiusta

Dadens

Yaku

Tian

Photography and the Haida Villages of the Queen Charlotte Islands: An Historical Perspective / Richard J. Huyda

Selected Bibliography

Photographic Credits

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