10th Annual Ḵay Anniversary
August 18th, 2018
This annual event is a chance for locals and visitors to celebrate the Haida Heritage Centre and its accomplishments. The Ḵay Anniversary offers us as Haida peoples a chance to share our culture with visitors, come together as a community, eat delicious food and showcase the living culture of the Haida peoples.
Haida in Vancouver
Located in two exhibits in two different museums in Vancouver, you will be able to see a collection of Haida pieces.
On March 16th 2018 – June 15th, 2019 there is an exhibit called Haida Now located at the Museum of Vancouver.
The exhibition is organized into meaningful groupings of works that highlight the interconnection between art, language, land, spirituality, resilience, and life in the city. Haida Now elegantly displays over 450 works from the extensive Haida collection at MOV including woven baskets, intricate carvings, masks, headpieces and jewellery. Large portraits of the Haida in Haida Gwaii and Vancouver are featured with compelling soundscapes, short films, and interactive displays to offer a vivid sense of the vibrancy of the culture.
Learn more about Haida Now here: http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/content/world-class-collection-haida-art-display-its-entirety-first-time-mov-haida-now
On March 18th – October 8th 2018 there is an exhibit called Culture at the Centre located at the Museum of Anthropology.
Culture at the Centre is an unprecedented new exhibition that offers insight into the important work Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums in British Columbia are doing to honour and support their culture, history and language. Five centres are showcased, representing six communities: Musqueam Cultural Education Centre (Musqueam), Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre (Squamish, Lil’wat), Heiltsuk Cultural
Education Centre (Heiltsuk), Nisg̱a’a Museum (Nisg̱a’a) and Haida Gwaii Museum and Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay (Haida).
Learn more about Culture at teh Centre here: http://moa.ubc.ca/portfolio_page/culture-at-the-centre/
4th Annual Ḵay Christmas
On Saturday December 2nd, the Haida Heritage Centre celebrated the holiday season with the annual Christmas at Kay event. Throughout the day there was Door Prizes, Loonie Auction, Local Vendors, Kids Games, Arts and Crafts, Christmas Movie and of course a visit from Santa! Also live music by the Ukuladies and the Queen Charlotte Choir!
The Haida Heritage Centre staff would like to thank the donors that have made this event happen! Haaw’a to Rockies, Haida House and Taaw Naay for the donations to our prizes. Hecate Strait for doing the photo booth. The students from Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society for running the Minute-to-Win-it Christmas Edition games for the kids. Lastly a big Haaw’a to the Volunteer Skidegate Fire Department for getting us our two amazing trees!
9th Annual Ḵay Anniversary
On Saturday August 19th, the Haida Heritage Centre celebrated the 9th Anniversary of our grand opening event. The day began with the Clan Parade, where members of each Haida clan arrived in their regalia and proudly showed their clan. The Opening Ceremonies, usually in the Performance House, began outside the doors of the Welcome House with a prayer, official welcome from the chief of the village site, and a peace dance.
Throughout the day there were Food Vendors, Kids Games, Haida Language Spelling Bee, Leg Wrestling, Amazing Race, Arts and Crafts and more! The day ended with a Fish BBQ, a dance performance and the popular event, the dance competitions! One of the main events was the unveiling of the Solar Panels and Solart project, which were installed in the Summer of 2017 thanks to the Skidegate Band Council.
(Photos by Mary Helmer)
The Royal Visit
On Sept 30th, 2016, the Haida Heritage Centre Hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They arrived on shore after paddling the Loo Plex canoe with the Skidegate Saints Mens Basketball Team. The royal couple was greeted by Hereditary Chiefs, Elders, and the President of the Haida Nation. In the Performance House, Hltaaxuulang Gud Ad Kaaju, the traditional Haida adult dance group performed to honour and welcome our new guests. After the welcoming ceremonies were done, Will and Kate then attended a tour of the Carving House, and the six poles outside of the centre. Inside, the royals were invited to explore displays of Haida Weavings, Carvings, and taste traditional foods.
8th Annual Ḵay Anniversary
On Saturday August 20th 2016, the Haida Heritage Centre celebrated the 8th Anniversary of our grand opening event. It all began with the Clan Parade, where members of each Haida clan arrived in their traditional button blankets, dancing apron and woven cedar or spruce root hats. They marched from the parking lot to the front of the centre, proudly displaying their crests while singing and drumming. Next, the Opening Ceremonies then in the Performance House, starting with a prayer, official welcome from the chief of the village site, and a peace dance. Throughout the rest of the day, there were games and exciting events for visitors and locals alike to participate in. There was a Haida Language Spelling Bee, Leg Wrestling, Seashell Decorating, and more! The day ended with a Fish BBQ, and an evening of Dance Competitions, performances and fun!
The Unity Pole Raising
On July 31st, the Gud ad Kiigawaay Gyaagang Ngaay (Clan Together Born Pole) was raised in Skidegate on Front Street. Hundreds of locals and visitors came together to view the amazing 60ft pole being raised and brought to life. This pole symbolizes the unity of the clans within the village of Skidegate, as well as Masset. This pole was commissioned by the Skidegate Band Council, who also hosted a potlatch later that day, inviting everyone who witnessed the pole raising to have dinner, listen to the carvers speak about the process of creating the pole, and see songs and dances, which is a Haida tradition to make the business formal and proper.
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