Anyone who is familiar with the geography of the Pacific Northwest knows that North of Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada), and on the Inland Passage, the Gulf Islands, lies an archipelago of islands which you must pass to get to Southeast Alaska.
That archipelago was known as the Queen Charlotte Islands since they were discovered by the British explorer, Captain Cook in 1778.
Apparently, in an act exacting late revenge on the Brits and their local stooges for almost wiping out the entire native poulation of the coastal Pacific Northwest with smallpox back in those pioneer days, the Haida Nation, the original inhabitants of this archipelago rich in seafood, and thereby, existence, has forced the Canadians to rename the island group.
It is now known as "Haida Gwaii", which probably means, "up yours, White Eyes", in Haida.
Please annotate your geography books, charts and maps with the correct name now...
BTW, if this spreads, those West Coast Canadians are going to have to update their National Health Service to provide corrective oral surgery on demand, else how are the local Euro-transplants even going to attempt to pronounce the Haida dialects, which seem to have been copied from the clicks, whistles and hisses of the larger sea mammals thereabouts, with the occasional calls of sea-birds thown in for exclamation relief.
No, really. A visit to any tribal museum, and I have been to the biggest one in Victoria, B.C. several times, will tell you that all the peoples are descended from the spirits of either the Great Eagle or the Raven. As the tribes developed within the Haida Nation, the belief system tells us that the influence of the spirits of sea animals, fish or invertibrates intertwined with the that of the birds. The Eagle, of course, represents power and strength, and the Raven intelligence. In the southern tribes, influences from the spirits of land predators crept in, the bears, big cats and wolves, for example.
You can't sell the Haida short on engineering, either. Their Nation invented a saw to rip tree-trunks into timbers and planks, and their tribal residences and meeting halls were magnificent wood structures, far superior to any other native buildings on the continent, and probably the planet. Their large dug-out canoes were seaworthy enough to fish and hunt from in the sea and weather conditions you have seen on "The Deadliest Catch" or "Coast Guard Alaska".
The Haida even invented Democratic party politics. Their chieftains would hold lavish festivals, during which lavish earthly goods and food worth months and years of labor were given away to attendees, who were invited for the purpose of friendship-making AND buying allegiances. These festivals were called "Potlatches", and they resulted in the transfer of so much wealth among the tribes that the Provincial and Federal governments passed laws forbidding the practice, as some of the chieftains were getting wealthy enough to cause problems for their British colonial masters. The last potlatches were held around the beginning of the 20th century.
I hope this name-change offers some respite from the major guilt trip that Canadians have been flagellating themselves with since the Dominion became a completely independent Nation in 1982.