The last village site we visited was called Tanu, set on a beautiful bay. Our Watchman, Helen, came to Haida culture by way of her partner, Shawn. She talked about the way the ancient poles were rotting just as the Haida intended them to: what came from nature should return to nature. She thought that if old poles were brought back here, they should be allowed to deteriorate as their creators intended. The point is not preserving the past, but learning from it and creating new works. The culture isn’t the artifacts but the people, new generations creating anew. And a new generation of artists is indeed creating outstanding carvings, poles, jewelry, masks and canoes, putting their own mark on ancient forms.