Nación indígena que entra dentro del grupo na-dené, el nombre del cual proviene de xa’ida "pueblo", o hrduh.
Food storage boxes were usually not decorated, but occasionally one such as this example was painted with the image of the supreme Chief of the Seas, the being ultimately responsible for all of the other sea creatures that the Haida used for food. Their flesh was under its guardianship while in such a box, which in turn honoured that supernatural being. Collected at Masset ca. 1895 by Charles F. Newcombe
Raven rattles such as this one were used by a chief in ceremonies. The different sounds and thyrhms produced by a pair of such rattles enhanced the drama of his oratory. On his rattle, the Raven supports a shaman initiate who is drawing inspiration and knowledge from the animal world through the link between his tongue and that of a mythical bird.