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Haida Arts and Technologies


There are two types of activities: Package Activities and Object Activities.

Package Activities are project-based activities designed to accommodate one or more classes. These activities involve the use of historical thinking concepts while exploring the whole package, resulting in a more comprehensive experience.

Object Activities are short inquiry-based activities that typically take 5–25 minutes. These activities encourage students to think critically about the objects being presented, and to use historical thinking concepts.

Both types of activities were created with the guidance of educators from across Canada, and incorporate current educational theory and approaches.

Package Activities

Explore project-based Package Activities by scrolling down.

ACTIVITY 1: Continuity and Change in Haida Art and Technology

Pick one to three objects from this package that interest you. Read the historical context then list:

  1. The date it was made
  2. The materials used to make it
  3. Why the object is important


Once you’ve completed this list, research the objects in sources beyond this package and see if you can find examples of similar objects being made in the Haida community today. Compare the contemporary objects with the historical ones found in this package. What similarities do they have? What differences? What can this tell us about Haida art and technologies in the past and the present?

Hint: The artistic traditions of the Haida Nation have existed for thousands of years and have been passed down from generation to generation. They continue to this day.

ACTIVITY 2: Location, Location, Location

Pick three objects from this package that interest you. Look closely at them and read about the historical context surrounding each one and then answer these questions:

  1. What materials were needed to make the object?
  2. Where did these materials come from? Be as specific as possible (e.g., bentwood boxes are usually made of cedar, which comes from cedar trees).
  3. Are these materials naturally occurring or man-made?


Once you’ve listed the materials and their origins, research in sources beyond this package to see where in North America these materials can be found. If you can, show your findings on a map.

Object Activities

Explore inquiry-based Object Activities by clicking on individual objects below.