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HAIDA.PTF West Coast, Haida Gwaii

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Year 2017

2017-05-17 Dimitri family, Vancouver.

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17-05-17 - Skype session: Hi Mommy in Montreal.

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17-05-17 - Nursery School was great today.

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17-05-17 - Isabel models new knit dress by Merle.

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17-05-18 - Our goal for today. The museum is on the Wreck Beach side of the UBC campus. We wanted to get a refresher course in West Coast native culture before setting out for Haida Gwaii.

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17-05-18 - They dances with salmon.

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17-05-18 - Entrance.

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17-05-18 - The BC frog seems an endangered species. So many examples of frogs in the craw of some big-eyed monster.

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17-05-18 - Looking toward the main gallery.

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17-05-18 - Cooking pots? On the floor. Hollowed logs. Contents heated by dropping in hot stones. For communal feasting.

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17-05-18 - Happy slaves carrying the big guy?

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17-05-18 - Reminds me of the Asterix comics. And Chief Vitalstatistix who is carried around on a shield. Do the white faces on the carriers hint at non-aboriginal slaves who may have been captured after being shipwrecked on the coast? I remember a novel based on this possibility.

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17-05-18 - I took a similar pic years ago. This group of poles evokes, for me, part of the meaning of the term "autocthonous" - aboriginal, sprung-from-the-earth. They still emanate a strong sense of tree-ness, powerful plants that have, indeed, sprung from the earth. But which also carry the parallel identity of their native creators.

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17-05-18 - He's making a definitive statement.

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17-05-18 - Kinda makes a guy feel vulnerable.

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17-05-18 - Home through the woods from daycare.

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17-05-18 - Cute boots.

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17-05-18 - You should've seen the other guy.

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D431 17-05-17 Vancouver, UBC Anthrop Museum

17-05-19 Haida Gwaii, Sandspit.

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17-05-19 - Moresby Island Guest House. A walk from Sandspit airport.

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17-05-19 - The lobby.

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17-05-19 - Lobby decor.

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17-05-19 - Outboard motor frog. Seen on the way to the grocery store. Not part of a totem.
D432 17-05-19 Haida Gwaii, Sandspit

17-05-20 Sandspit, Zodiac trip, Moresby Island.

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17-05-20 - Exposure togs. At the end of a long logging road south, this is our put-in point. The tour company stores their zodiac boats here.

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17-05-20 - Safety gear for everyone. No exceptions.

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17-05-20 - Can now pick up Isabel by her collar.

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17-05-20 - Launch

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17-05-20 - A fast, sometimes bumpy ride.

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17-05-20 - Snacks en route. Have a cookie..

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17-05-20 - Don't mind if I do.

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17-05-20 - Stop before lunch, big trees.

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17-05-20 - Beachcomber territory

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17-05-20 - Oh-oh. DR is going all abstract again.

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17-05-20 - Surrounded.

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17-05-20 - My word. That's a big one.

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17-05-20 - Must get this all down in pixels.

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17-05-20 - Trees growing on trees.

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17-05-20 - Our guide and driver, Heron from Rose Harbour.

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17-05-20 - DR practices his beachcombing skills during a brief wait back at the landing.

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17-05-20 - On the go again. Pirate Cave?

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17-05-20 - Lunch stop at Skedans, A "Watchmen" post. This is a Haida village site maintained by volunteers.

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17-05-20 - Fallen totem clasped by younger tree.

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17-05-20 - Emily Carr painted some of these totems.

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17-05-20 - Set up by a veteran of 13 Potlatches. Each groove stands for a circular hat ring. The giver of the Potlatch was entitled to add a ring to his hat for each event. Heron suggested that with this many to his credit, the wearer might be tottering under a very tall hat.

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17-05-20 - The "Watcher's" house.

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17-05-20 - Nice situation. Front yard and beach.

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17-05-20 - Lunch.

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17-05-20 - Guide Heron describes the Potlatch.

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17-05-20 - She's all wrapped up in herself.

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17-05-20 - Foundation of a once-luxurious lodge. A raised bench surrounds a sunken area where the fire would have burned.

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17-05-20 - That 13 potlatch champion pole again.

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17-05-20 - Another foundation pit.

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17-05-21 - Coast Guard ship on the return trip.

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D433 17-05-20 Sandspit, Zodiac trip, Moresby

17-05-21 Ferry, North Beach cabins.

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17-05-21 - Lineup for the ferry north. From Moresby Island to Graham Island.

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17-05-21 - DR explores the ferry terminal site. He has a (we hope not unnatural) fascination with decay.

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17-05-21 - Mother Nature repo project.

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17-05-21 - Foot passengers first.

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17-05-21 - Miriam parks the minivan.

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17-05-21 - Merle, Viking Queen. In her element.

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17-05-21 - Not so sure about HER Viking heritage.

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17-05-21 - But just taste that salt air.

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17-05-21 - Bee boots will conquer all.

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17-05-21 - Giant gall, like a pumpkin, at craft shoppe.

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17-05-21 - North Beach. Their cabin. Miriam, Adonis, Paula, Dimitri, Isablel packed in here. Ours, more modest.

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17-05-21 - Snug as a bug in a bed.

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17-05-21 - Kitchen, with upper bunk.

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17-05-21 - Swing chair.

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D434 17-05-21 Ferry, North Beach cabins

17-05-22 North Beach Stroll.

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17-05-22 - Cabins, back of beach, left.

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17-05-22 - Flotsam and jetsam.

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17-05-22 - Kid project. Old fishing float. Fill it up with sand.

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17-05-22 - Then move it somewhere.

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17-05-22 - North Beach, looking toward Tow Hill. On the left horizon.

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17-05-22 - Sorry. I just go nuts with this stuff.

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17-05-22 - Hmmm. Getting ahead of the gang.

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17-05-22 - Shows the circularity of all things.
ie. "The rivers run into the sea, but the sea is not filled ...! (Bible reference for the day.)

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17-05-22 - Not to mention the holiness of all things. Scuse me. Just thought I'd toss in a little holistic sectarianism.

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17-05-22 - Awwww. Sweeeet.

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17-05-22 - DR is overcome with lassitude ... after too much philosophising.

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17-05-22 - If you found one of these on the beach ...

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17-05-22 - ... Would it be a religious inspiration? These two pics remind me of the old argument from design, for the existence of an intelligent designer-creator of the universe. The watch couldn't have got there unless it had been originally created by a high intelligence. But what about the crab-shell, surely it also is an artifact so structured and purposeful that it couldn't have developed by accident. (... Run that by me again.)

So then, why is a crab like a watch?

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17-05-22 - Littoral metaphysics is exhausting work.

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17-05-22 - Lunch bus. Rainforest time-machine. After beachwalking, our search for eats and coffee transports us back to the 1970's.

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17-05-22 - DR has to sit and contemplate while ...

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17-05-22 - ... the bus runs out of food.

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17-05-22 - Trending upward on Tow Hill. A wonderful boardwalk clad in some nailed-down roofing material, guaranteed non-slip.

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17-05-22 - Merle, west.

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17-05-22 - Merle, east. North, south, nor-east, nor-west, sou'-by-sou'-west on other occasions.

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17-05-22 - All of us atop Tow Hill. Taken by a couple from down under.

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17-05-22 - At sea-level we have Isabel to amuse us.

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17-05-22 - And fabulously contorted lava rocks.

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D435 17-05-22 North Beach Stroll

17-05-23 Skidegate Museum and home.

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17-05-23 - Skidegate museum.

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17-05-23 - Hungry critter.

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17-05-23 - Offshore island. Apparently the Haida liked to situate their villages near an offshore island. This would become a place where the medicine men could perform their rituals out of the public eye.

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17-05-23 - So there! THAT, for public opinion.

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17-05-23 - Ferry top deck again. Back to Moresby Island and Sandspit airport. There we'll drop the rental car and catch a plane back to Vancouver.

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17-05-23 - Two solitudes. (Not in our group.) He has a spiral-ringed notebook, and both have binoculars. They must be birders.

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17-05-23 - YVR, here we come.

More detail:
D436 17-05-23 Skidegate Museum and home

These pics below incorporated into D433, above.
D437 17-05-20 Zodiac trip, recovered files

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