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Haida Native North Americans living on the Queen Charlotte Islands, off British Columbia, and on the southern end of the Prince of Wales Island, off Alaska. They speak the Haida language, which forms a branch of the family of Nadene languages. In physical and cultural characteristics they are closely related to the Tlingit and the Tsimshian; the three tribes belong to the Northwest Coast cultural area. Before the advent (early 19th cent.) of white fur traders, the Haida lived in large cedar-plank houses, fished for salmon, and hunted sea mammals; they were noted for their large and well-made dugout canoes. Their society was divided into the Raven and Eagle clans, and their customs featured the conspicuous display of wealth. They then numbered some 8,000, but by 1880 disease, particularly smallpox and venereal infections, had reduced them to some 2,000. Today most of the remaining Haida are employed in fishing and in canning. The artwork of the Haida is widely acclaimed. See Charles Harrison, Ancient Warriors of the North Pacific (1925); Polly Miller, Lost Heritage of Alaska (1967).

Council of the Haida Nation  - http://www.aaf.gov.bc.ca/aaf/nations/haida/haida.htm
Brief political profile of this Indian Nation by the government of British Columbia, including contact information.

Haida: Children of Eagle and Raven  - http://www.civilization.ca/membrs/fph/haida/haindexe.html
Ethnographic information on the Haida Nation of British Columbia, including history, art, and sacred mythology.

Our World - Our Way of Life  - http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Inuit_Haida/
Virtual exhibit exploring the similarities and differences between the Inuit and the Haida, highlighting the diversity of aboriginal culture.

The Haida Tribe  - http://nyny.essortment.com/haidatribe_rhwg.htm
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