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Haida Nation honour Emily Carr

The Gallery was filled with colour and the sound of chanting and drum beating on Tuesday 28 October when Haida people gave a traditional performance in the run up to From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia. Emily Carr made two trips to Haida Gwaii during her career- in 1912 and 1928. Her dedication to documenting the Haida Nation was recognised and honoured in the performance which included a traditional peace dance and prayer

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Hereditary Chief and Master Carver, James Hart was joined by Rosemary Hart, Gwaliga Hart, Nika Collison, Desiree Wilson, Shawn Edenshaw, Ernest Swanson and Henry Crosby. The group are from Haida Gwaii (literally Island of the Haida) on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

You can see 19th century Haida ceremonial objects and masks in the exhibition as well as Carr's paintings of the totems and villages which she encountered on the Island.