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Haida mask. Source: Fiona M. Donnelly / Adobe Stock.

Haida Resilience: The Untold Saga of Canada's Coastal Warriors (Video)

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The Haida people of Canada have a rich history that dates back over 10,000 years. They were known for their naval power and their strategic use of the ocean, which sustained them through trade and warfare. The Haida people were feared by their enemies, who compared them to Vikings, due to their lightning-fast coastal raids and their use of sea lion hide and wooden armor.

However, their history is also marked by significant resistance to European and American colonialism, with notable figures such as King Kamehameha of Hawaii and American Revolutionaries playing a role in their struggle. Despite centuries of displacement and assimilation efforts, the Haida have maintained a strong cultural identity and continue to fight for recognition and autonomy. The Haida legacy lives on through their beautiful and monumental totem poles, which can still be found along the coast of Canada.

Top image: Haida mask. Source: Fiona M. Donnelly / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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