Gud ad hlGang.gulXa Working Together

The Saahlinda Naay Haida Gwaii Museum and Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) have teamed up to deliver an introductory workshop on the care of three types of Haida belongings: Naaxiin (Chilkat) robes, giixiidawaay (rattles), as well as Kayd hll.ngaay skayxan ad kayd hll.ngaay daajing (cedar and spruce root woven hats and baskets). The workshop, divided into modules focused on each type of belonging, offers the opportunity to learn directly from Haida participants and museum staff and CCI conservators. Using belongings from the Saahlinda Naay collection and didactic materials, and through group discussion and hands-on activities, attendees will learn:

  • how each type of belonging is made,
  • its significance and use,
  • the vulnerabilities of the materials and structures to agents of change,
  • culturally specific collections care and protocols, and
  • preventive conservation measures.

Goal & Outcome: Participants will gain a nuanced understanding of how to care for specific belongings built on both Haida and conservation knowledge and expertise. They will be able to connect these belongings with living Haida cultural practices and come away with strategies to manage changes to them.


More about this workshop

Length: 3 hours (plus lunch break)

Facilitators: Gid yak’ii Sean Young, Collections Manager/Archaeologist & Aay Aay Gidins, Repatriation Coordinator at Saahlinda Naay Haida Gwaii Museum, and
Jill Plitnikas, Objects Conservator & Lauren Osmond, Assistant Conservator Objects and Textiles at the Canadian Conservation Institute

Haida participants: Kuujuhl Evelyn Vanderhoop, Jaad Tl’aaw Paula Varnell, and Iljuuwas Tyson Brown

Fee: $65 (includes shuttle, lunch, coffee & tea and a tour of the Haida Gwaii Museum)

Attendance limit: 20 people

If cost is a barrier to attending, please get in touch with the BCMA team.

Pre-Gathering Workshop | Working Together

  • Monday Sep 25 2023, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • #2 2 Beach Rd
    Skidegate, British Columbia
    V0T 1S1