Its a privilege to visit this location. Nestled in a cove, loaded with millennia of history. Watchmen/guides with great depth of knowledge. I felt that here, rather than in any traditional museum, I could find some understanding and enormous respect for the indigenous culture.
The Watchmen program really made this tour come to life. With a strong grasp of their cultural heritage, the Watchmen (and women) bring these relics to life and help one to make sense of the symbolism of these poles and all Haida poles.
Getting to SG is challenging but fun. For us it was an hour flight in a Beaver aircraft followed by 29 minutes in a zodiac. SG is a Haida village that was vacated after small pox decimated the population in the 1860's. Today Haida Watchmen guard the site and act as tour guides. No more than a dozen visitors at... 更多
We visited as a part of a week long kayaking trip and paddled into a bay. It was a short walk to the building where you get a guide to bring you through the old village. You get a small group of maybe 10 or 12 people in each group and as the watchman tells history and stories about the... 更多
To be out in such vast, rugged wilderness, to walk near such an interesting part of history, to learn of the peoples that inhabited those lands, to see their original Mortuary Poles...well, it is something to behold! Accessible by boat or seaplane only! If you love the wild outdoors, find a way to get there, ideally as part of a... 更多
I visited Ninstints as a part of a 7 day tour of Haida Gwaii and found it absolutely fascinating. You are greeted by the old mortuary totems and met by one of the Haida guides known as Watchman who are extremely knowledgable about the area. Only 12 people at a time are allowed on the island so it really becomes... 更多