Tllga sii’ngaay guudang ‘laa (Happy Earth Day)

red pine cone and needles

“The first tree to arrive in Haida Gwaii was the pine tree, which was taken as a crest by the Xagi Kiigawaii who wore a pine branch in their hair. Science has recently confirmed that the pine tree was the first to arrive, about 14,000 years ago.”
— Haida Land Use Vision
This tree is still celebrated and remembered at Haida feasts and potlatches, as it was at the Legacy Pole Raising feast in August 2013. The pine grew at SG̲uuluu Jaads Saahlwaay, the eastern most islet of the Swan Islands.

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