The area of the Grand Hall exhibition occupied by the Tsimshian house represents four different peoples. The coastal waterways opposite to and north of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the waterways just north of Haisla territory and the Nass and Skeena river valleys, and the adjacent lands constitute a huge region which is home to those four peoples: the Nisga'a of the Nass River and the adjacent coast; the Gitksan of the upper Skeena River and its tributaries; the Coast Tsimshian of Port Simpson and the coastal waterways to the south, including the initial portion of the Skeena River; and the Southern Tsimshian.
The Tsimshian house represents a style of house which stood in Tsimshian villages in the mid-1800s. In construction, it is similar to Haida houses, with a structure of massive cedar posts and beams and removable vertical wall boards, set into grooved timbers top and bottom. The houses of high-ranking people among both the Tsimshian and Haida had central fire pits, with broad steps leading down from the main floor. The steps were wide enough to accommodate meal preparation and other domestic activities.
The painting on the front of the house is a reconstruction of a screen used in the Coast Tsimshian village of Port Simpson in the mid-1800s. The central figure represents a bear, and the flanking figures represent wolves.
You may enter the house.
The poles (from left to right) are: