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Gingolx Culture - Culture-Gingolx Cultural Dancers

In 1993, Chief Stuart Doolan (Simoogit Txaat Guu Gaaks) took the initiative to contact Chester Moore. He asked Mr. Moore to compose a song about the village of Gingolx. The result was Ksi Gingolx. This song told the story of the river located behind Kincolith. The song was practiced and then later performed at a gathering in Prince Rupert, B.C. The cultivation of this song helped the Nisga'a Dancers become larger then ever before. 

In 2000, the group became involved with the Kincolith Christ Church to help raise funds to restore the 100 year old Church. The 'Hobiyee' or Nisga'a New Year was held in February of 2000. A Princess and Prince was chosen from each of the four tribes. The eight candidates sold raffle tickets which raised over $15,000 for the Kincolith Christ Church restoration project.

The Hobiyee Celebration was electrifying, the performance spiritually lifted the hearts of everyone involved. Hobiyee is the Nisga'a New Year. The legend is that if the quarter moon (Hobiyee moon) is in the shape of a bowl it means a good harvest for the year; if it is shaped like a bowl that is being emptied it signifies a poor harvest for the year.



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Box Drummer, Craig Nelson

The Gingolx Nisga'a dancers practice Nisga's songs. As we listen to the explanation of the songs we sing we gain new insight of our own heritage. The togetherness of the group helps us to build new friendships and remain close. The facilitator, Chester Moore teaches a member of the group to lead. The purpose of this is to help members become strong leaders. Leaders of all tasks in our culture like the Cheifs, Matriarchs of our past. The ability to be comfortable in the public eye takes practice. Being a part of the dance group provides this.

One of the expectations of the organization is to help individuals feel good about their ablities and their accomplishments. Basically, the practice and togetherness helps to bring out the self-esteem and courage in a person.

Chester has composed a skit for the group to learn. The skit is about a young lady whose grandmother tries to find a suitable husband for her grand daughter so they could survive. It is based on a Nisga'a story.

 

Dancers

Jeffery Stanley and Sam Nelson lead Mike Scott and Willard Lincoln Jr. and the rest of the dancers out of the hall after a performance.

 

Gingolx Nisga'a Dancers

Cultural Director, Chester Moore

Gingolx Nisga'a Dancers  Lana lincoln, Donna Nelson shown here

Ladies of the Frog Clan exit after performance.