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Hli adaawag̱ahl Adoḵs:

1. X̱sgaak (saa-guutkwhl gihlee’e tgun)
(nidi wilaaks adawaak tgun)

2. Gadim hlaxwhl aks
Yukwhl lukwhl Lax̱sgiik sim gik’uuhl bakw diit ahl wayt anu g̱a gigeenihl wil joḵhl Didoo. Wayt gisa geets dim g̱o’odiit awahl ḵ’ali aksim Lisims. Yukwhl n̓ii wildiit lax̱ aks, iit n̓ii w̓adiit wil liks gigat luwilim ts̱im aks. Hla adawaag̱ahl gadim ts’im aks. Ga’adiit tgus galaanhl hliskwt guuhl nax̱nog̱am tx̱uux Gunas.

Da’akhl diit gidiguut diit tx̱uux iit ḵ’uts diit dim wila da’akhlkw diit hli smaxs Gunas. Hliskwt simihl diit hli lulaḵs Gunas. Wil k’ii gisa waax diit, g̱ookhl dimt w̓adit awahl Cape Fox, n̓i wilt ga’adit wil gabinhl w̓ii hagwil̓ooḵan ts’im aks. Hugayx̱at gat sim nn̓iil̓ukwhl g̱ist, hugax̱at wil hiitkwhl agu. Leex̱ dax̱ doog̱at hoon ganhl luwilim ts’im aks, yukwt giipt.

N̓iwil ayawaatkwhl t’imlaanit! Waaxsim̓ nidi aam jit guudim̓ w̓ii hagwil̓ooḵ tgus.
Galaanhl sat tgus ii ayuks diit ahl hagwil̓ooḵam ts’im aks.

3. Ḵ̱’aat
W̓itkwhl hli adawagahl ḵ’aat ahl wilps Gitx̱un. Hla wil luyaltkwhl hli lugadihl wilps Gitx̱un ahl ḵ’ali lisims, ahl ts’im mm̓aal bakwhl w̓ildigitkw diit ts’im x̱ḵ’alaan̓. N̓iwilt sg̱abeekhl w̓ii jak’wiskw n̓idiit hli aakhl ts’im x̱ḵ’alaan̓. Hugax̱ahl w̓ii hlbin ii ḵ’al n̓ii mitkwhl ts’al̓a gat lax̱ hako’ot, ii g̱apg̱apksa’alt. Hla g̱alaant hliskwhl ga’at diit w̓ii nax̱noḵ tgus, wil kiit guut diit dim ayuks diit loot ahl kii’ihl wil sa heetkwhl pdeeḵhl Lax̱sgiik. N̓ii t’aa ahl lax̱ g̱an wat ahl neeḵ’hl ḵ’aat’s. Lu dihiitkw gwihl g̱an tgun hli neeḵ’hl ḵ’aats.
4. Gadim-g̱anhl wat as Uwait
(nidi wilaaks adawaak tgun)
5. Halip’is
(nidi wilaaks adawaak tgun)
6. M̓asḵ’ayaay̓t
(nidi wilaaks adawaak tgun)
7. Gathl wat as Aitl
(nidi wilaaks adawaak tgun)

8. Gathl wat as Gun̓as
9. X̱sgaak
10. Tx̱ux
11. Nibips Gun̓as

Sim gik’uuhl gisa wilhl Lax̱sgiik bakw diit ahk ḵ’ali aksim Stik’iin.

Kax̱ joḵ n̓idiit awahl lax̱dooḵ dim sihoon diit. N̓iwul wilhl gwislis Sim’oogit, Gunas wat. Ts’ak’igwhl hlooḵs, gamkhl lax̱ha ii y̓egayeet lax̱ ts’eehl dim ḵ’uhl hadikst. N̓i wil baytligi gabinhl w̓ii tx̱uux iit guus Gunas iit hlooḵgwit nit.

N̓i wil wilhl gat gigiiks diit loot, iit g̱us diit dimt w̓adit.

Ni wilt ga’adit wil aat’iks w̓ii x̱gaak ii t’ap gibaykwt lax̱ ts’eehl aks, n̓i wil wilhl w̓ii tx̱uux wihl ligi dim ludaltkw gwit w̓ii x̱gaak. N̓i wil da’akhlkwhl gat gidi gut diit w̓ii tx̱uux, iit ḵ’uhl diit n̓i wilt w̓adiit hli lulaḵs Gunas. Nu’u ii nidi alut’aa wila jabit, ḵ’am w̓adiit wil ḵ’ay n̓ii hukskwhl iit’isgum uuḵ lax̱ t’imlanxt.

N̓i wil ayawaatkwhl nigwoot Gunas. Ḵ̱’ap spinax̱nog̱am tx̱uux an joḵ tgun. N̓i wilt sit’ama’am yeedihl lim’ooy̓. N̓ig̱an lusgihl lim’ooy̓ tgus ahl wilphl lax̱sgiik.

12. Ts’uuts’im lax̱-mo’on
(nidi wilaaks adawaak tgun)
13. Aitl g̱anhl x̱bihats’altkw
(nidi wilaaks adawaak tgun)
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Crest Stories:

1. Eagle (detached carving)
(story unknown)

2. Man Underneath
During the ancient migration of the Eagles down the coast of what is now southern Alaska, they had several strange encounters before they reached the Nass River. The story of Man Underneath, also known as Man of the Sea, took place after their kinsman Gunas had been eaten by a supernatural halibut.

They caught the halibut and cut it open to retrieve the body of Gunas. After they had cremated his body, they continued their migration southwards in their canoes. Near Cape Fox, they encountered a huge monstrous man with long hair standing like a statue in the water. He held a salmon in each hand and he was eating them.

One of the men in the stern of the canoe exclaimed, “Let us flee from here! He might devour all of us!” Thereafter Man Underneath became a crest of the Eagles.

3. Shark
The Shark crest is said to have originated with a warrior of the Gitx̱’un house. One day, the warrior was paddling his canoe home to the Nass River from Ḵ̱’alaan̓. He saw a huge sea monster completely blocking the mouth of the channel (likely Portland Inlet). The monster resembled a huge whale, and its back was covered with human faces with blinking eyes. After this supernatural experience, the warrior adopted the Shark as a crest of the Eagle tribe. The plain section of the pole represented the fin of the Shark.
4. Wooden man named Uwait
(story unknown)
5. Dragonfly
(story unknown)
6. Bullhead
(story unknown)
7. Man named Aitl
(story unknown)

8. Man named Gun̓as
9. Eagle
10. Halibut
11. Uncle of Gun̓as

Long ago, the Eagle tribe migrated down the coast from the Stikine River.

The Eagle group stopped to fish for salmon near Tongas Narrows. The day was sunny and warm, so the chief’s nephew Gunas went into the water to swim. Suddenly, a giant halibut rose from the bottom and swallowed him.

The people searched desperately for Gunas, but they found no trace of him.

Then they saw a huge eagle flew down to the edge of the water, and the halibut seemed to swim up to meet it. The people caught the halibut, and they cut it open. They found the body of Gunas inside, dead and decomposing, with a copper ring around his neck.

The father of Gunas cried out and declared, “This is the place of the Spirit Halibut!” His words became part of a new lamentation song, or dirge, belonging to the Eagle tribe.

12. Cormorant (detached carving)
(story unknown)
13. Aitl and the Devil Fish
(story unknown)