Pts’aanim Ḵ̱’asḵ̱’oos G̱anhl Lik’in̓skw

Sim’oogit: Gints’aadax̱
Pdeeḵ̱: Lax̱gibuu
Wiln̓aat’ahl: Gitlax̱gwanks
Wilp: Kw’ax̱suu
Miinhl Gihlee’e: Oyee
G̱an̓agwit: 75 feet
K’uuhl wil gahlkwt: 1840s

Hli adoḵ̱st w̓itkw hli ts’iw̓int:

1. Ḵ̱’asḵ̱’oos
2. Gibuu, m̓in-heetkw hli k’uukw’t ahl hli bant.
3. Nox̱hl smax ii luu-wanhl k’uba smax ahl hli ts’imuxwt
4. Log̱a-Gibilx̱ (Oo ligii gat, tḵ̱’al-t’aahl haḵ̱’ohlim gat ahl ts’aḵt)
5. Hlgu wilksihlgum Lik’in̓skw)
6. Nox̱hl smax̱ tḵ’al-wanhl k’uba smax ang̱ooḵt.

Gisi-g̱ageets’ihl Ank’idaa. Ts’uu tx̱alpx̱ wil gisi-maḵskwhl pts’aan n̓iwil hitkwhl pts’aanim Ḵ’asḵ’oos g̱anhl Lik’in̓sgum- pts’aans Gints’aadax̱. N̓ihl ḵ’aa w̓ii n̓agum pts’aan ahl Ank’idaa. N̓ihl k’il̓hl ts’uu gwilal̓t, oo ligii tx̱alpax̱hl am’amaa nn̓iil̓ugum pts’aan ahl luu-ksgigeenix ahl lax̱-mo’on. N̓ihl mahldihl an wilaaxhl pts’aan, Marcius Barbeau. G̱enx̱hl g̱an tgun ahl gwooyim ahl 1947. N̓akw hli daat kwsdaḵsihl gathl g̱alts’ap, ahl wil pdaahl ḵ’alii-aksim Lisims.

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

Crane and Grizzly Bear Pole

Chief: Gints’aadax̱
Tribe: Wolf
Clan: Gitlax̱gwanks
House: Kw’ax̱suu
Carver: Oyee
Height: 75 feet
Year: 1840s

Crest figures from top to bottom:

1. Crane
2. Wolf, with tail turned up on its stomach
3. Bear Mother (small version), with face of a bear cub between her ears
4. Rotten Gibilx̱ (or possibly Person with Cutting Nose)
5. Prince of Grizzlies
6. Bear Mother with cub in front

Travelling downriver past Ank’idaa, the Crane and Grizzly Bear Pole stood fourth, near the top of the village. It was the tallest pole at Ank’idaa, and one of the three or four tallest and finest poles on the north Pacific Coast in the opinion of famous totem pole expert Marius Barbeau. It collapsed in the spring of 1947, years after the village had been abandoned due to regular flooding.

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

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