Raising the “Legacy Pole” on Haida Gwaii.  Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times
Carving the Legacy Pole. 
Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times
The ocean grew choppy and storm clouds darkened the southern sky as we paddled the final miles toward an abandoned Haida village site at the heart of a wedge-shaped archipelago 175 miles in length, 70 miles off the northwest coast of British Columbia. Until recently, this remote chain of islands was known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, but three years ago, the Haida Nation returned that colonial name to the provincial government, in a ceremony using the same style of bentwood box that once housed the remains of the dead. The place is now Haida Gwaii (pronounced HI-duh GWY) — Islands of the People — both officially and, unquestionably, in spirit.
There is an even older Haida name for this archipelago, which roughly translates to “Islands Emerging From (Supernatural) Concealment.” It is an apt moniker. On these craggy islets — perched on the edge of the continental shelf and pressed against the howling eternity of the Pacific — life exists on such a ferociously lavish scale that myth and dreams routinely mingle with reality.

FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/travel/raising-a-pole-on-the-islands-of-the-people.html?_r=0
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Raising the “Legacy Pole” on Haida Gwaii.  Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times
Carving the Legacy Pole. 
Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times
The ocean grew choppy and storm clouds darkened the southern sky as we paddled the final miles toward an abandoned Haida village site at the heart of a wedge-shaped archipelago 175 miles in length, 70 miles off the northwest coast of British Columbia. Until recently, this remote chain of islands was known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, but three years ago, the Haida Nation returned that colonial name to the provincial government, in a ceremony using the same style of bentwood box that once housed the remains of the dead. The place is now Haida Gwaii (pronounced HI-duh GWY) — Islands of the People — both officially and, unquestionably, in spirit.
There is an even older Haida name for this archipelago, which roughly translates to “Islands Emerging From (Supernatural) Concealment.” It is an apt moniker. On these craggy islets — perched on the edge of the continental shelf and pressed against the howling eternity of the Pacific — life exists on such a ferociously lavish scale that myth and dreams routinely mingle with reality.

FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/travel/raising-a-pole-on-the-islands-of-the-people.html?_r=0
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Raising the “Legacy Pole” on Haida Gwaii.  Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times
Carving the Legacy Pole. 
Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times
The ocean grew choppy and storm clouds darkened the southern sky as we paddled the final miles toward an abandoned Haida village site at the heart of a wedge-shaped archipelago 175 miles in length, 70 miles off the northwest coast of British Columbia. Until recently, this remote chain of islands was known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, but three years ago, the Haida Nation returned that colonial name to the provincial government, in a ceremony using the same style of bentwood box that once housed the remains of the dead. The place is now Haida Gwaii (pronounced HI-duh GWY) — Islands of the People — both officially and, unquestionably, in spirit.
There is an even older Haida name for this archipelago, which roughly translates to “Islands Emerging From (Supernatural) Concealment.” It is an apt moniker. On these craggy islets — perched on the edge of the continental shelf and pressed against the howling eternity of the Pacific — life exists on such a ferociously lavish scale that myth and dreams routinely mingle with reality.

FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/travel/raising-a-pole-on-the-islands-of-the-people.html?_r=0
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Raising the “Legacy Pole” on Haida Gwaii.  Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times

Carving the Legacy Pole. 

Bruce Kirkby for The New York Times

The ocean grew choppy and storm clouds darkened the southern sky as we paddled the final miles toward an abandoned Haida village site at the heart of a wedge-shaped archipelago 175 miles in length, 70 miles off the northwest coast of British Columbia. Until recently, this remote chain of islands was known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, but three years ago, the Haida Nation returned that colonial name to the provincial government, in a ceremony using the same style of bentwood box that once housed the remains of the dead. The place is now Haida Gwaii (pronounced HI-duh GWY) — Islands of the People — both officially and, unquestionably, in spirit.

There is an even older Haida name for this archipelago, which roughly translates to “Islands Emerging From (Supernatural) Concealment.” It is an apt moniker. On these craggy islets — perched on the edge of the continental shelf and pressed against the howling eternity of the Pacific — life exists on such a ferociously lavish scale that myth and dreams routinely mingle with reality.

FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/travel/raising-a-pole-on-the-islands-of-the-people.html?_r=0


Young kermode bear at the foot of a western red cedar - British Columbia - Paul Nicklen - NAT GEO
The Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as a “spirit bear" (particularly to the Native tribes of  Alaska), is a subspecies of the American Black Bear living in the central and north coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour morph is due to a recessive allele common in the population. They are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the ”blonde” brown bears of Alaska’s “ABC Islands" than other members of their species.

Range map of the American Black Bear (Ursus Am...

Young kermode bear at the foot of a western red cedar - British Columbia - Paul Nicklen - NAT GEO

The Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as a “spirit bear" (particularly to the Native tribes of  Alaska), is a subspecies of the American Black Bear living in the central and north coast of British ColumbiaCanada. It is noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour morph is due to a recessive allele common in the population. They are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the ”blonde” brown bears of Alaska’s “ABC Islands" than other members of their species.

Spotted Lake, located in British Columbia, Canada. (Unusual Landscapes) Throughout the year, the lake changes color, but in the dry season form numerous pools of water in white, green and yellow.

Spotted Lake, located in British Columbia, Canada. (Unusual Landscapes) Throughout the year, the lake changes color, but in the dry season form numerous pools of water in white, green and yellow.