Wil N̓ii-t’aahl Haḵ

Simo̓ogit: P’iḻ
Pdeeḵ: Gisḵ’aast
Wiln̍aat’ahl: Gitḵ’ansnaat
Wilp: P’il
Miinhl Gihlee’e: nidii wilaakst
G̱an̍agwit: 25 feet
K’uuhl wil gahlkwt: 1860s

Adoḵs w̍itkw hli ts’iw̍int:

G̱an; x̱hlip-n̍ii-t’aahl haḵ hli ts’iw̍int tḵ’al-dox̱ hli g̱aḵ’aaxt ahl hli gatt.

Ts’uu gwilal̓ wil gisi-maḵskwhl pts’aan g̱agiiksihl g̱alts’abim Gitlax̱t’aamiks. Hitkw g̱a’aag̱ahl wilphl gisḵaast wat ahl “Lax̱-dayim Haas.” Sa’ansgitdiit sim’oogidim Gisḵ’aast, wat as P’il. Huxwdii kw’ootkwhl g̱an tgun g̱ooḵhl 1920. Huxwdii tḵ’al-t’ip-ḵ’otskw hlidaa x̱haykwshl am’aamit ahl Gitlax̱t’aamiks 1918 g̱anhl hlag̱ats’uuhl pts’aanhl maḵsgwit ahl g̱alts’ap.

Wilaa mahlkwhl adaawaḵ tgun: Kwsdaḵsdihl wiln̍aat’ahlim Gisḵaasthl g̱alts’abim Gitsegyukwhla’a Ḵ̱’alii Ksan ahl nidiit wilaaxdiit agug̱an wildiit. Ii lukwdiit ahl ḵ’alii Lisims, ii joḵdiit ahl Gitlax̱t’aamiks. Yukwhl wildiit wil lukw diit iit n̍ii-w̍adiit wil wilhl nax̱nog̱am haḵ, iit guxwdiit ii n̓iwilt guutdiit ahl dim ayukwsdiit loot. Hlaat ts’ilim-guut diithl haḵ tgun ahl dim ayukwsdiit loot iit japdiit hli limit.

Adigwil n̓ii-hukskwhl ayukws tgun lax̱- pts’aanhl Gisḵ’aast g̱anhl psday̍ ii k’il̓hl haast, n̍eeḵhl g̱anhl neeḵ lax̱-hak’yo’ohl n̍eeḵhl.

Whereon Sits the Goose

Chief: P’iḻ
Tribe: Killer Whale
Clan: Gitḵ’ansnaat
House: P’il
Carver: unknown
Height: 25 feet
Year: circa 1860s

Crest figures:

Plain round pole (g̱an) with a carved goose sitting on top with wings folded.

This pole stood third from the uppermost pole at Gitlax̱t’aamiks, in the row along the river front, in front of a Killer Whale house called “Fireweed terraced”. It was a memorial pole for P’il, a deceased member of the Killer Whale clan. This pole disappeared before the 1920s: it was likely cut down and destroyed during the Christian religious revival at Gitlax̱t’aamiks in 1918 along with many other poles in the village.

According to oral history, this Killer Whale group was once part of the Gitsegyukla tribe on the upper Skeena River. For reasons unknown, they were forced to migrate to the Nass River. While they were travelling, they saw a spirit-goose and killed it. They adopted the goose as a crest (ayukws) and composed a song to commemorate the experience.

Other crests of this clan that often appeared on their totem poles were the Grouse, One-Fireweed, and the Blackfish (fin-back whale).

Historical Pictures of Whereon Sits the Goose (click for larger image)

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