ANCIENT VILLAGES AND TOTEM POLES OF THE NISG̱A'A

G̱alts’abim Andigwaalee - Village of Andigwaalee

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Wil w̓itkwhl wahl Andigwaalee, n̓ihl luu-amaa g̱oodim g̱alts’ap n̓ithl t’aat ḵ’alii-aks giisgwithl Ank’idaa ahl 1800.W̓ii sim’oogithl t’aat loot, n̓is N̓agwaa’un. W̓itkw ahl wiln̓aat’ahlim gitgigeenix ahl Lax̱gibuu.
Huxwdii wanhl G̱anada loot, wiln̓aat’ahls sim’oogit Ahlda-x̱ḵ’ooḵs ahl g̱alts’ap tgun, ii ḵ’ap Lax̱gibuuhl hildit.

G̱abiihl hagwin-lugwit Andigwaalee, joḵ n̓idiit ahl Gitx̱at’in hiig̱ooḵ, n̓ihl Lax̱g̱alts’ap guun̓. Yukwhl dalhl Gitgigeenix ahl Gitx̱at’in, n̓ig̱an wilhl lukwdiit ahl Andigwaalee.

Gisi-lukw hli gadihl Andigwaalee hlaa dim saa-bax̱hl k’uuhl ahl1800. Lukw n̓idiit ahl Lax̱-Anhlo’o g̱anhl Gitlax̱’aws. G̱alaans gus, ii lukwdiit ahl sii simutkwsim g̱alts’ap siwatdiit ahl Lax̱g̱alts’ap ahl ligii1900.

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Andigwaalee, meaning “Happy Place”,
was a village located upriver from Ank’idaa in the early 1800s. The principal chief of Andigwaalee was N̓agwaa’un or “Long Arms” of the Gitgigeenix clan of the Wolf tribe.
The Raven tribe were also present at this village, led by chief Ahl daa-x̱ḵ’ooḵs, but the Wolf tribe was the main group in the village.

The people who settled Andigwaalee had formerly lived at Gitx̱at’in (modern day Lax̱g̱alts’ap). There was a feud among the Gitgigeenix at Gitx̱at’in, and a splinter group moved upriver to the site of Andigwaalee.

The people of Andigwaalee are believed to have moved downriver during the late 1800s, initially to Lax̱-Anhlo’o and Gitlax̱’aws. Thereafter, they eventually relocated to the new missionary village at Lax̱galts’ap (Greenville) around the turn of the 19th century.