Case Study : the Haida Gwaii drum box

In August of 2000, the Haida nation repatriated the remains of over 140 ancestors from the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In 2001, a bentwood box drum was also returned from the Museum of civilization to Haida Gwaii on long-term loan. Though these types of drums are used by several other First Nations on Canada’s west coast, they had fallen out of use on Haida Gwaii. This drum was copied by a member of the Haida Repatriation Committee, Andy Wilson, and was put in the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay for public use and demonstrations. Since then, bentwood box drums are being reintegrated into Haida cultural life and have been used at several public events and ceremonies.