Skidegate’s Haida Heritage Centre celebrates this Saturday

  • Aug. 15, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Submitted article–Ten years ago the world was a simpler place. Back in June 2001 when the six monumental poles were raised at Kay Llnagaay, the vision was clear and what was once a dream began to materialize into reality with each pull of the ropes. Pulling together the people of Haida Gwaii celebrated what was the beginning of a new era for all the people who call Haida Gwaii home.Each August is our opportunity to celebrate the achievement of this vision. It is our chance to gather together as clans, families, friends and neighbours and to be truly proud of who are and where we live. Over the past ten years, Haida culture has continued to evolve and to grow with each generation of babies who will grow up in a world where pride in Haida culture and recognition of Haida knowledge, rights, title and authority is everywhere around them.This Saturday (August 20), we invite you out to come and be a part of this living culture and history by joining us at the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay for our third anniversary celebration and the 10 year anniversary of the raising of the six poles. So come out ready to march, paddle, play, sing, dance and laugh and be a part of the story.This year we are looking for challengers who are ready to step up and to compete in our two most exciting events the men’s competition dance and the Haida language spelling bee. Two time defending men’s dance competition winner Desi Collinson is looking for a worthy challenger to test out his strength and endurance, so stretch up and get ready to get low! We are also really hoping to have a big turn out for the this years Haida Language spelling bee, so brush up on your Haida and do your part to help save the language.