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The Haida meaning The People once were numbered at over 10000 They occupied the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Colombia Their numbers were numerous and their life was prosperous In 1774 there was the first European contact Gunn and the Haida unknowingly let the lion out of its cage they let white man enter their territory The Europeans brought trade but they also brought colonization A word the Indians did not know would cause them such horror Smallpox and many other epidemics ravaged the Haida clan and decimated their population to 6500 Gunn The Haida has gotten to as low as 588 clan members Gunn but are now slowly working their way up The Haida along with six other tribes that make up the Northwest Coast Pacific cultural unit are known as the Totem Pole Carving People Gunn Totem poles are what we would refer to as monumental art This definition gives no justice for the amazing beauty spirituality significance and importance of the totem pole to the Haida There were different reasons for designing and erecting totem poles The main types of poles were house posts house frontal poles memorial poles mortuary poles grave markers and welcome figures The house posts supported the main beams of a house The house frontal poles were in the front of the house usually part of the opening to the house The memorial poles were there in honor of a person who had died and were usually erected by the successor of his name Halpin The mortuary poles contained the remains of the dead which were usually in grave boxes incorporated into the pole Grave markers were carvings placed where people were buried and usually represented the person in some way by family crest or by telling a story And the welcome figures were poles placed on the beach welcoming arriving guests that would come by canoe You can imagine what the village looked
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