Friday, July 29

A Watchman explains Haida Worldview on Matriarchy and Sucess as a Society

At SGang Gwaay Llnagaay (Ninstints), Haida Gwaii, in Gwaii Haanas National Park, a Watchman takes our small group of visitors around the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site and shares insight into how the village came to be named Ninstints, the name of the Haida chief that traders enjoyed doing business with most. My video dispatch shows the remains of his massive house and some of the magnificent 26 last standing poles at SGang Gwaay Llnagaay.

Aside from their rich build heritage and artistic traditions, Haida people were tall, strong warriors who lived well, thanks to a bountiful diet provided by the seas intertidal resources.

We also learn in this dispatch how Haida society was founded on principles of matriarchy. We discover how these were weakened during past centuries of trade with Europe, which tended to favour more male dominated negotiations. We also learn how matriarchy has enjoyed a resurgence in more recent times, which has lead to healthier governance within Haida communities, and to more prosperous development practices on social, economic and environmental fronts.

Thursday, July 28

Google adds London transit info to Google Maps

According to technology news specialist Mashable, Google has just added London transit information to Google Maps, making it possible for travellers to plan their routes in one of the world's largest cities more intuitively.

The public transit system in London may often be a source of frustration, but it remains one of the easiest ways for London visitors to get around quickly, at reasonable cost. Whether in London on business or leisure, the ability for people to find quick tips and suggestions of routes from point A to B to , along with restaurant recommendations broadens opportunities for visitors who seek to make the best of their time in a city where there is no shortage of places to see and things to do.

Monday, July 25

Haida Gwaii's Crab Whisperer at Work

Bluewater Adventures mate Dustin sets out to check the crab pot in the morning, which delivers a fine catch. Male crabs only are kept and Dustin shows us how to tell males and females apart. A lighthouse, pointed motif on the underbelly indicates a male, and crabs with beehive patterns on their belly are females. We also learn how to gently "put to sleep" these fine specimen.