Today's expedition offered a unique blend of observing First Nations traditional practices, fascinating natural exploration, and a bittersweet farewell to beautiful Haida Gwaii. Having visited the Haida Heritage Center yesterday, we returned today to learn even more. Our group was lucky enough to observe a demonstration by the incredibly talented artist, Aay Aay. We watched carefully as he expertly wove wool and cedar bark into beautiful pieces of art, showcasing his mastery over the craft.
In the afternoon, we embarked on an exploration of peaceful Maude Island. Those who partook in a walk through the forest were treated to a healthy and vibrant arrangement of flora and fungi including morels and different flowers. Explorations of the tidal zones revealed an array of charismatic marine creatures such as crabs, different species of fish, sea cucumbers, and many more invertebrates.
During our adventure, we came across a fascinating geologic site featuring beautiful pocket-weathered sandstones. The unique patterns and textures of these formations were a testament to the forces of nature that shaped this place. We also encountered mysterious structures called concretions, adding an element of intrigue and a healthy amount of geologic interpretation and debate.
As the day ended, we enjoyed a delicious dinner onboard. Just when we thought things couldn't get any better, the clouds broke, and we were treated to some captivating golden hour light. We are departing with hearts full of appreciation for the warm hospitality of the Haida people and a genuine admiration of their magical homeland and stunning culture. An extra big Háw'aa (thank you!) to our phenomenal interpreter, Barbara Wilson.