OUT OF PRINT The Haida by Raymond Bial is part of the Lifeways series published by Benchmark Books. This title discusses the culture and history of the Haida Nation. The Haida traditional homeland is Haida Gwaii, their name for the Queen Charlotte Islands located off the Northwest Coast. The author begins the book with a version of the Haida creation story then goes on to explain the nature of the geography of the location. The book covers traditional cultural beliefs including creation or origin stories, geographic location, lifestyle, spiritual traditions and ceremonies, roles of men and women, government, houses and village life, kinship and families, and traditional economy. The book then moves into the historical period covering the first encounter between the Haida and Europeans in 1774 and the impact of the European diseases brought by traders. Later missionaries worked with the Canadian government to outlaw Haida traditional ceremonies such as Potlatches. Chapter two describes Haida village life, the importance of the sea, cedar-plank houses, the importance of families and crests, traditional stories, and Potlatches. Chapter three describes Haida lifestyle in precontact times and includes a discussion of the cycle of life, roles of men and women, hunting, gathering, fishing, food preparation, clothing styles, art, trading, and warfare. The author includes a recipe for salmon adapted for modern kitchens. Chapter four describes traditional storytelling and its significance, spiritual traditions, ceremonies, and games. Chapter five explains some of the changes Haida society underwent after the arrival of Europeans. Haida community life today is briefly described and a section of the chapter celebrates the renaissance of Haida art. The final chapter describes Haida life today and explains that there are Haida living in Canada and Alaska. Each title in the Lifeways series includes a time line, notable people, a glossary, web sites, suggestions for further reading, and an index. A biography of artist Bill Reid is included in the notable people section. Extensive use of colour and archival photographs add to the overall effectiveness of this book designed for students from grade 6 to high school.