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Hli adaawag̱ahl adoḵs:

Yee n̓it awa’ahl gaytt:

Sim gik’uuhl, wil lukw hli gadihl Lax gibuu gigil̓diit dim wil ḵ’ap joḵdiit. N̓i wil joḵhl hlag̱ats’uuhl k’il̓ wil yeet ahl g̱ageets’ihl k’alii aksim Lisims bakwdiit ahl mag̱oonhl aksim sdik’iin. Hukskwhl k’yoohl sim’oogit wat as Ax̱simutkws N̓ihl k’yoohl aluu kw’ihl ksi-hitgum gat. G̱an̓agwihl hlidaa hlgutk’ihlkwt iit adigwil hooxhl ksi-n̓agum g̱ayt, iit saa g̱eskwhl hli ts’iw̓int. Wisa seeḵshl hooyis nox̱t hlaat japt. Sayt xbil̓hl g̱abiihl hanhanim tk’u-g̱olim hat’al̓hl ninda ts’ipts’iipgwit hli ts’iw̓iint.

Ax̱simutkws g̱anhl sil Lax̱gibuut bagwit ahl lax̱-amaakws mag̱oonhl aksim Sdik’iin. Ḵ̱’ay hlgutk’ihlkwt ii loḵ’alii- bax̱t g̱alaanhl t’is’t’isit ii gwanim sagan-yatskwt iit ḵ’otshl siisagam hap’iskwhl ts’al̓t. N̓ig̱ant japs nox̱thl w̓ii lay̓im ksi-n̓agum g̱ayt loot, ii ksi-g̱eskwhl hli ts’iw̓int, ii nii huxwdiit ḵ’otshl sag̱am hap’iskwhl ts’al̓t.

Hlaa tḵ’al-yeehl g̱asg̱oos Ax̱simutkwsim Sim’oogit, ii tḵ’al-yeehl g̱alay̓hl g̱aythl jabis nox̱t. Sim w̓ii lay̓hl gaytt n̓ig̱ant siwatdiit ahl “yee awa’ahl g̱aytt’. Mooji nidii tḵ’al-aamhl wilaa jabihl g̱ayt tgus. N̓ig̱ant guuhl wiln̓aat’ahl wilps Ax̱simutkwsim Sim’oogit ahl ksax̱ n̓idiit dim wil luu-sgihl g̱ayt tgus.

K’il̓hl sa, iit silminhidihl Ax̱simutkwsim Sim’oogithl k’yoolhl w̓iit’isit ahl k’il̓hl pdeeḵ magoonhl aksim Sdik’iin iit jagwit. N̓iwil hashuskwhl Lax̱gibuu g̱anhl k’il̓hl pdeek. N̓iwil huuthl Laxgibuu gisi-aksim Sdk’iin, ḵ’ool̓thl g̱abiihl mm̓aalhl hooxdiit.

N̓iwilt n̓ii-w̓adit wil sg̱a-t’aahl w̓ii sy̓oon. Ii nidiit wilaaxdiit dim wilaa wil diit. Wann̓ihl sy̓oonhl n̓ii-w̓ayihl k’il̓hl wil yeehl pdeeḵ, yukwt gisi-yox̱kwdiithl ḵ’alii aks tgus, ahl sim gik’uuhl. N̓iwilt ga’adiit wil g̱alksi-no’ohl hlaxwhl sy̓oon. Nidiit wilaaxdiit ji ligii dim g̱alksi-lakhl mm̓aal loot.

N̓iwilt guutdiit m̓ax̱-anisim g̱an iit g̱alksi-ulksa’andiit hlaxwhl w̓ii sy̓oon. Hlaa g̱alksi-aḵhlkwhl g̱an tgus ii nidii hihlaahlag̱ahl hli anist. Iit wilaaxdiithl dim g̱alksi-lakhl mm̓aal loot. N̓iwilt wilaaxdiit wil limootkwdiit, wilk’iit silukwdiit mm̓aal iit yeetdiithl lim’ooy̓ yukwhl galksi-ulkskwdiit, hlaa g̱alksi- lakdiit n̓iwil sit’aatkwshl amaa g̱andidils loodiit saxwhl Sdik’iin.

N̓ig̱an n̓ii-taahl w̓ii ksi-n̓agum g̱ayt lax̱-pts’aanhl Laxgibuu, N̓it an mahlihl adaawak wil g̱alksi-lakdiit hlaxwhl sy̓oon bakwdiit mag̱oonhl ḵ’alii-aksim Sdik’iin. Ahl wil n̓is Ax̱simutkwsim Sim’oogit an g̱alksi-de’entkwdiit.

2. Hlgu Wilksihlgum smax
3. Lu’ayookw
4. Gat
5. Ts’uuts’im tyay̓tkw
6. Sbi-smax g̱anhl hlgu smax
7. N̓ii-bag̱adilhl gat
8. Ninda wanhl t’ipx̱aathl ts’uuts’
9. Sgimsim ̓ ts’uuts’im tyay̓tkw
10. N̓ii-t’aahl gat lax̱-log̱am mooḵ

Crest Stories:

1. He Walks Toward His Hat

Long ago, during the early migrations of different groups of the Wolf clan south to the Nass River from the Stikine River headwaters, there was a Wolf group with a leader named Doubtful Chief. One of his distinguishing characteristics was a tall conical hat that he had worn since childhood. It was woven of spruce roots and had ten flat disks strung together in a pile on top.

Doubtful Chief’s Wolf group had originated in the grassy plains area north of the Stikine headwaters. As a child, he had to run to keep up with his elders, and he often stumbled and cut his face on the sharp blades of the prairie tall grass. To protect his face and head, his mother wove the wide-rimmed conical hat to shield his eyes and cheeks.

As doubtful Chief grew, his mother continued to weave larger hats for him. The hat was so large that it was often called “He Walks Towards His Hat”, suggesting that its size was almost ridiculous in proportion to the size of Doubtful Chief. Nonetheless, the hat eventually became considered a sign of high social rank.

One day, Doubtful Chief argued with an elder from another clan on the upper Stikine River and killed him. A large conflict began between the Wolf group and the other clan, and the Wolves had to flee in six canoes down the river to escape.

They soon encountered a giant glacier blocking the river, the same glacier that blocked the migrations of many other clans and groups that travelled down the Stikine during this ancient period. However, they discovered a tunnel that passed under the glacier, and they decided to investigate if their canoes could safely pass through.

They took a small tree and threw it into the river current, watching to see if the tunnel was large enough to allow it through. The tree raced through with the current and came out the other side intact, so they determined that it was safe to pass in their canoes. They did so, and this marked the beginning of their new life south of the Stikine country.

When the figure of the tall hat appears on a Wolf totem pole, it refers to this Wolf migration from the Stikine River headwaters under the leadership of Doubtful Chief.

2. Prince of Bears (story unknown)
3. Luu-ayookw (story unknown)
4. Person (story unknown)
5. Thunderbird
6. Den of the Bear and small bear (stories unknown)
7. Two human figures (story unknown)
8. Two birds side by side (story unknown)
9. Thunderbird (story unknown)
10. Man of the Rotting Kelp (story unknown)