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Masks were worn by members of secret societies who danced on ceremonial occasions.
The Haida sculptor decorated utilitarian objects as carefully and elaborately as ceremonial equipment.
House raisings, marriages, funerals, and the cutting of apertures for labrets earrings and nose ornaments offered the Haida opportunities for ceremonial celebrations.
A number of commonly used Haida implements are displayed here.
Whistles were used in ceremonies. The sound of the whistles was believed to represent the voices of supernatural beings.
The Haida made spoons out of the horn of the mountain sheep (white) and mountain goat (black).
When a high-ranking Haida died, the body remained in the house from four to six days during mourning ceremonies.
In the early 1800s, the Haida began to carve pipes and pipestems from argillite, a soft black slate found in one place in the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Haida hunting was concentrated on sea mammals which provided both food and pelts.
Haida baskets were wove of split spruce root of of cedar bark.