Hlk’yah GawGa




Roll 31 is from September when I spent a bit more than a week in Gwaii Haanas looking for and recording archaeological sites in the intertidal zone. The time was short as it was scheduled to coincide with the lowest tides possible, and typical of working with the tides, early mornings were involved. It is one of my favourite kinds of work – riding in boats and walking on beaches in very remote places with other people rarely seen.

We were based in a float camp in the Bischof Islands off the south end of Lyell Island and were invited by the Haida Watchmen to visit for dinner at Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay) on the north east shore of Lyell Island – about 20 km by water. Fortunately our boat was fast, and the seas were perfectly calm. These pictures are from that evening trip – the dinner was delicious and the company excellent. I have been fortunate enough to work in Gwaii Haanas many times, and hope to again.

Windy Bay was the focal point of protests against logging in Gwaii Haanas in the 1980s which led to the establishment of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site (or Gwaii Haanas for short). The house with the painted front dates to the protests, the one with the porch is the current residence for the Watchmen.

The Legacy Pole was raised at Windy Bay in 2013 to mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of Gwaii Haanas. I have embedded a video (I hope that doesn’t break the analogue aesthetic here at 52 Rolls) about the carving and raising of the pole which is well worth taking the time to watch as it gives some insights into Haida culture, and the process of raising a large pole like this by hand.






This is my 31st entry for 2015. I am running behind and my sequence is going to be really messed up as I have film being processed and other film waiting scanning, much of which predates this roll.

To see an enlarged version of any image in the gallery below, click on it and then navigate to others with the arrows or with swiping.



Olympus mjuII (aka Stylus Epic) with Fuji Superia X-TRA 400, commercially processed and scanned at low resolution (my scanner is not accessible right now).





4 thoughts on “Hlk’yah GawGa

  1. Reblogged this on burnt embers and commented:

    This 52 Rolls post is from my most recent trip to Haida Gwaii, taken on some time off when we visited Windy Bay for dinner and a visit. It was shot on the diminutive Olympus mjuii, a camera that performs way higher than its weight class.


  2. Pingback: Hlk’yah GawGa | burnt embers

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