Pts̓aans K̓eex̱kw

Sim’oogit: K'eex̱kw
Pdeeḵ: Lax̱gibuu
Wiln̓aat’ahl: Gitwiln̓aak’il̓
Miinhl Gihlee’e: Ax̱tsip
G̱an̓agwit: 65 feet
K’uuhl wil gahlkwt: 1890

Hli adokst: W̓itkw ts’iw̓int ii hli miint:

1. Hagwin-yee awa’ahl g̱aytt
2. Hlgu wilksihlgum smax
3. Luu-ayookw
4. Gat
5. Sgimsim (ts’uuts’im tyay̓tkw)
6. Sbi smax ii hlgu smax
7. N̓ii-bag̱adilhl gat
8. Ninda wanhl t’ipxaathl ts’uuts’
9. Ts’uuts’im tyay̓tkw
10. Gat lax̱-log̱a mooḵ

Ts’uu xbil̓ di k’il̓ g̱ageets’ihl wil maḵskwhl pts’aan ahl g̱agiiksihl g̱alts’ap Gitlax̱t’aamiks. G̱a’aag̱ahl wil hitkwhl wilps K’eex̱kw, wat ahl wilp tḵ’a’am lo’op.

Wil amg̱ootkws Daniel K’eex̱kw, wil n̓it an ksg̱oog̱am guuhl g̱ansimutkws ahl g̱alts’abim Ay̓ans. Tḵ’al-t’ip ḵ’otskwhl pts’aan tgun yukwhl yeehl x̱haykwshl g̱asimutkwsit 1918. Iit hooxdiit hli ḵ’apt ahl say̓sim wilp ahl wilps sim’oogit K’eex̱kw, iit giikwhl Royal Ontario Museum ahl Toronto Canada ḵ’ool̓thl g̱abiihl adoḵs ginaa-maanit. N̓ihl woot’diit.

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

Pole of K̓eex̱kw

Chief: K'eex̱kw
Tribe: Wolf
Clan: Gitwiln̓aak’il̓
Carver: Ax̱tsip
Height: 65 feet
Year: circa 1890

Crest figures from top to bottom:

1. He Walks Toward His Hat
2. Prince of Bears
3. Luu-ayookw
4. Person
5. Thunderbird
6. Den of the Bear and small bear
7. Two human figures
8. Two birds side by side
9. Thunderbird
10. Man of the Rotting Kelp

Travelling downriver past Gitlax̱t’aamiks, the Pole of K’eex̱kw stood eleventh in line along the river front, in front of K’eex̱kw’s house, called “Terraced House of Stone”.

It commemorated Daniel K̓’eex̱kw, one of the first Christian converts at the missionary village of Aiyansh. Cut down in sections during the Christian religious revival at Gitlax̱t’aamiks in 1918, its pieces were then used as support posts for the chief’s new house. Six of these sections were later purchased by the royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.

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Historical Pictures of K'eex̱kw (click for larger image)

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