27 November 2014

#752 Canada

Ninstints is the usual name in English for SG̱ang Gwaay Llanagaay ("Red Cod Island Village"), a village site of the Haida people and part of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in Haida Gwaii on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

The name of the village site is also spelled Nan Sdins and also called Skungwai or SG̱ang Gwaay, which is the Haida name for Anthony Island (British Columbia), where the village is located and means "Red Cod Island". During the late 18th and early 19th centuries the village was referred to as Koyahs or Coyahs, also rendered Quee-ah, after the chief at the time, Koyah. The name "Ninstints", also spelled "Nan Sdins," was the name of the most powerful of the village's chiefs in the mid-19th century and came to be used as the village's name as a result of the practice of ship captains to refer to villages by the name of the headman or chief at the location.

Date of Incription on the List of UNESCO WHS: 1981

Date of Issue: October 12, 2007

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