Haida Gwai, the Queen Charlotte Islands, occupy a special place in the natural and human history of the northwest coast of North America. Separated from the mainland by many kilometres of water, they retain a distinctness that reflects millennia of isolation. The area was still relatively untouched by European exploration when, in the summer of 1878, the young geologist George M. Dawson arrived there on behalf of the Geological Survey of Canada. One of the field scientists of his time, Dawson drew maps, collected fossils, plant and insect specimens, and investigated the ethnology of the native people. His personal interest in native culture makes his reports and private journals interesting. Ironically, Dawson's belief that it was in the interest of the natives to give up their way of life in order to become integrated into Canadian society made him realize the importance of preserving a record of their cultures. He collected artifacts and took photographs which have become widely known for their early depictions of Haida villages and architecture.
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A history of the 1878 exploration of Haida Gwaii by remarkable geologist and explorer George Dawson, this volume includes his observations of Haida Gwaii's aboriginal people, his complete report and numerous photographs.About the Author:
Douglas Cole (editor) was for many years a member of the Department of History at Simon Fraser University and a respected historian of British Columbia. Bradley Lockner (editor) is an historical editor. They also edited the two-volume set, The Journals of George M. Dawson: British Columbia, 1875-1878 (UBC Press 1989).
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Book Description UBC Press, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110774804157