Heritage Centre opening events

  • Aug. 20, 2008 6:00 p.m.

The grand opening of the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay is all set for Saturday. Here’s a list of the events and times. Don’t miss it.10 amHaida Clan ParadeFrom Jags to the centreHaida button blankets, vests, woven hats and drums and the Haida people will all proudly be on display in this first event of the grand opening.11:15New Haida canoesThree carvers began work on three new canoes last July. They are the first carved in Skidegate since Loo Taas in 1985. The new canoes will land on the beach one at a time and will be named and the designs explained.NoonEveryone is invited to the Greeting House for the official opening ceremony and cedar rope cutting. Speeches will be made by representatives of the hereditary chiefs, the Hertiage Centre, Skidegate Band Council, CHN, HG Museum Society, Parks Canada, British Columbia and Canada. Following the rope cutting ceremony, gifts will be distributed and there will be a special Haida son and dance in the performance house for invited dignitaries.2:35 pmPole toursFree half-hour tours of the six poles fronting the building will be provided by Haida guides, beginning at the Greeting House. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about Haida culture and to ask questions. Spend time learning about the Haida people and meet our future knowledge holders.2:40 pmHaida dance performancesTwo free performances taking place back to back in the Performance House. Xaayda Kluu Naay dancers from Old Masset and the Hltaaxuulang Guud Ad Kaaju group from Skidegate will display their talents. Don’t be shy-you may be invited to participate!3:30 pmHearth of Canada Totem PoleCarved by Reg Davidson, this pole has toured 15 Canadian cities and was carved on by over 175,000 people from 35 countries. It began as a 540 year old red cedar from Juskatla, and now returns to Haida Gwaii to rest in the pole gallery of the museum. It will continue to inspire people while educating about Canadian and Haida culture.4:30 pmDancing of commissions collectionA number of contemporary commissions have been created for the new centre. Among these are banners, bentwood boxes, weavings, paintings, halibut hooks and a large copper shield, among other pieces.Artists, staff and dancers will participate will participate.6:00 pmNo Haida celebration is complete without sharing a meal. A seafood barbeque will be hosted free of charge by the Skidegate Band Council. On the menu is salmon and halibut, baked potatoes and cole slaw. Each guest will also receive a free water bottle, courtesy Gwaii Haanas. Dinner will be served from the Canoe House and eaten inside or out, as you wish.Sinxii’gangu -Sounding Gambling SticksJaaden Edenshaw and eleven others adapted the story from Swanton’s recording. It’s a Haida language play in three acts and five scenes. Tickets are available at the Greeting House, $30 each.

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