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Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

6.1 HAIDA Burial hero

When a high-ranking Haida died, the body remained in the house from four to six days during mourning ceremonies. It was then carried out in a grave box through a hole made in the house wall. A shaman’s body was remove through the smoke hole in the roof and kept in the grave house. Some grave houses were almost as large as regular dwellings. A grave column with an animal carved on its base might serve as support for a grave box containing a body. The haida sometimes erected memorial columns in honor of the dead.

Models of two grave houses and two memorial columns are shown. The house raised on stilts with the body inside is a shaman’s grave house.