Museum Welcome House
Stlaay Daw Naay or the Welcome House at the Haida Heritage Centre serves as the main entrance hall to the Centre, including the museum. I had one photo from this building in an earlier post which included various treatments of a photo of the Skedans pole that is against the east wall. These are several views in this same space to show its architectural features, based on the traditional Haida post and beam house, and also to try to give some sense of what greets you once you enter this fantastic space.
This room, as is so often the case in museums these days, can be rented for various events and receptions, such as weddings. The construction of this centre a few years ago must have added a great deal to the infrastructure of Haida Gwaii. There is a new pole in one corner that I am afraid I can find no information about, so I can’t tell you who carved it, or much else. It appears to have a transformation mask on the top of the pole allowing a bird face to transform to a human one. Whether it is just depicting such a mask which are quite common for dances, or if it has some hardware to allow it to be changed for a theatrical purpose, I don’t know since I did not look behind it.
This is one of a series of eight posts about the Haida Heritage Centre, the others can be found through this link.
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Canon 5Dii, Nikkor-N (pre-AI) 24mm f2.8 lens and Canon 50mm/f1.4 lens, ISO640 for wide-angle, ISO100 for 50mm shots.