News clippings from the digital archives of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A Wonderful Island
Curiosities to be Seen on that of Queen Charlotte [Haida Gwaii].
Probably no other group in the wide world carries more curiosities, natural and artificial, than Q.C.I. [Haida Gwaii]; few I think, have as many in the same extent of country. The geologist, the mineralogist, the botanist, the artist and agriculturist may each of them find a . . .
Saturday, June 21, 1884
The Oregon Treaty
As near as we can learn from newspaper information, is short and sweet--as follows: Article 1. Fixes the territorial boundary between the United States and Great Britian, west of the Rocky Mountains, on the line of 49 degrees, till it reaches Queen Charlotte's Sound, and then through the Straits of Fuca to the ocean, which gives to Great Britian Van Couver's Island. Article 2. Declares the . . .
Friday, June 19, 1846
Two weeks later from California--Arrival of the steamer Cherokee
The Cherokee's news is of considerable interest Among the items is the discovery of gold on Q.C.I. [Haida Gwaii], opposite the coast of Oregon, in latitude 54, belonging to Great Britian. It is confidentially stated that the gold is good, . . .
Monday, December 01, 1851
Good Indians. Speculations concerning those of Alaska.
An interesting account of the aborigines--a people worth looking after.
The cold blooded maxim that the "only good Indians are dead Indians" does not apply to the natives [people] of Alaska. Whatever may be truly or erroneously stated of the tribes [people] east of the rocky mountains has small significance with respect to the dwellers on the west side.
. . . Hydahs, who are exclusive occupants of Q.C.I. [Haida Gwaii], in latitude 51 degrees, but regards all other coast tribes [people] as of Asiatic origin. . . .
One thing is certain, namely, that this remarkable tribe [Haida people] have physical and intellectual superiority over all the other north coast Indians [people], while marked contrasts in the structure of the language denote a different origin. . . .
Sunday, December 27, 1885
Art Among the Hydah Indians
The Hydahs or Indians of the Q.C.I. [Haida Gwaii], off the north-east coast of North America, posses a very remarkable artistic skill. With a broken knife and a file for tools, they will carve pipes and statutes, and will construct jewelry from silver or gold coin, wonderful both in the execution and in the taste displayed in the design of the ornaments. . . .
Wednesday, February 23, 1870
Gold in British Columbia
It was first discovered on Q.C.I. in 1851.
The first authenticated discovery of gold in B.C., according to Dr. G.M. Dawson, occured at Mitchell or Gold Harbor on the west coast of Q.C.I. [Haida Gwaii] in 1851, a nugget was brought to Fort Simpson, and coming into the possession of the officer in charge . . .
Monday, July 09, 1900
Hydah Land and its People
Mountains clothed with dense forests of cedars, spruce and hemlock cover most of the surface of the country we are about to enter. . . .
There origin, in the absence of any written record or historical inscriptions, is an interesting subject for speculation. . . . Their physical and intellectual superiority over the other north coast indian, also marked contrasts in the structure of their language, denote a different origin. . . . Massett, the principal and probably oldest village of the Hydah nation, is pleasantly situated on the north shore of Graham Island, at the entrance to Massett Inlet. Fifty houses, great and small, built of cedar logs and planks, with a forest of carved poles in front, extend along the beach. . .
Sunday, November 16, 1884
Summering in Alaska
The Siwashes and the Hydahs--Curios and How to Buy Them. The thrifty Siwashes, which is the generic and common name for one of these people, and a corruption of the old French voyager's saurage, keeps his valuables stored in heavy cedar chests, or daudy red trucks, studded with brass nails, the latter costly . . .
Tuesday, October 07, 1884