Pts’aanim Nox̱hl Smax

Sim’oogit: Ni’isginw̓aatx
Pdeeḵ: Lax̱gibuu
Wiln̓aat’ahl: Gitḵ’ansnaat
Wilp: Ni’isginw̓aatx
Miinhl Gihlee’e: Nidii wilaakst
G̱an̓agwit: 25 feet
K’uuhl wil gahlkwt: 1860s

Hli adoḵst w̓itkwt hli ts’iw̓int:

1. Gat (ligii X̱biisuunt nox̱hl smax)
2. Lik’in̓sgum silkwhl maadim
3. Gat ii smax hli ḵ’apt siwatdiit ahl Sii haw̓ahlkw, saa-w̓itkw ahl noom smax, lax̱- banhl lik’in̓skw.
4. Gwilal̓hl k’uba ii’uxwt siwatdiit ahl hli gadihl ala.
5. Nox̱hl smax
6. N̓ii-t’aahl w̓agim smax lax̱-banhl noom smax

Gisi-yugwin ḵ’alii-aks ahl Ank’idaa, wil hitkwhl pts’aanim nox̱hl smax, pts’aans Ni’isginw̓aatx. Ts’uu gilp’il ahl luu-ksgigeenixhl g̱alts’aphl Ank’idaa. Giigwihl sdiim-boodim lax̱-ts’eets’iks ahl 1929, wil k’iit agwii gin̓amdiit ahl yuu-ayuuḵhl France. Ii hitkwt ahl Le Muse̓e de I’Homme ahl Paris ahl hildithl k’uuhl g̱ooḵhl dimt gin̓amdiit ahl Le Muse̓e du Branly. Aamhl g̱an̓agwit iit gin̓amdiit ahl Paris g̱alaanhl k’uuhl ahl 2000

K’iil’iks adaawaḵhl ptsaan ts’iuuxw dim wila n’eesda’ahl adaawaḵ

Bear Mother Pole

Chief: Ni’isginw̓aatx
Tribe: Wolf
Clan: Gitḵ’ansnaat
House: Ni’isginw̓aatx
Carver: unknown
Height: 25 feet
Year: 1860s

Crest figures from top to bottom:

1. Person (perhaps X̱biisuunt, the Bear Mother)
2. Grizzly of the Winter
3. Part-human, part-bear figure called Sii haw̓ahlkw, who was one of the offspring of the Bear Mother, on the stomach of the Grizzly
4. Three small human figures, called People of the Smoke Hole
5. Bear Mother
6. Bear cub on the stomach of the Bear Mother

Travelling downriver past Ank’idaa, the bear mother Pole of Niisginw̓aatx stood second, near the top of the village. It was purchased by the Canadian National Railways in 1929, which subsequently presented it to the government of France. It stood at Le Musée de l’Homme in Paris for many years before it was given to Le Musée du Quai Branly, also in Paris, shortly after the year 2000.

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Historical Pictures of Bear Mother Pole in Ank'idaa (click for larger image)

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