Haida Indian Chiefs and Leaders

Edenshaw (or Edensaw, from a Tlingit word referring to the glacier) . The Haida chief best known to the whites. He succeeded early in the 19th century to the chieftainship of the strong Stustas kinship group which centered in the town of Kioosta on the coast of Graham id. opposite North id., Brit. Col. Shortly after 1860, his people having fallen off in numbers, he moved with them to Kung, at the mouth of Naden harbor, where he erected a large house, which is still standing. Through the exercise of his exceptional abilities in trade and in various other ways he became one of the wealthiest of the Haida chiefs. His relations with the whites were always cordial, and it was through his influence that a missionary was sent to Masset. Among other good offices to the whites, he protected the crew of an American vessel when threatened by other natives. He died about 1885. A monument mentioning his kind treatment of the whites stands in Masset. (J. R. S.)


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Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, Frederick Webb Hodge, 1906

Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906.

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