Hihlag̱am G̱anim Pts’aan

Sim’oogit: Ts’aasg̱ooḵ
Pdeek: Lax̱sgiik
Wilnaat’ahl: Lax̱luuks
Wilp: Ḵ̱oox̱
Miinhl Gihlee’e: Ni’isginw̓aatx
Gan̍agwit: nidii wilaakst
K’uuhl wil gahlkwt: 1870

Hli adoḵst:

Tx̱aa tḵ’al-gahlkw hlbin ahl pts’aan, ayukwshl wilphl Gitlax̱luuks pdeeḵhl Lax̱sgiik. X̱hlip-n̓ii-t’aahl x̱sgaak hli ts’iw̓inhl pts’aan tgun, wat ahl andipg̱an oo ligii hihlag̱am g̱an. Nidiit wilaaxdiit hli adwaag̱at

Ts’uu gilp’il wil k’ap di huxw k’il̓ luu- ksgeets’ihl wil gisi-maḵskwhl pts’aan g̱a giiksihl g̱alts’aphl Gitlax̱t’aamiks. Pts’aans Ts’aasg̱ooḵ. Hihlag̱am g̱anhl wat oo ligii andipg̱an. Huxwdii tḵ’al- kw’ootkwhl pts’aan tgun g̱ooḵhl1927. Huxwdii tḵ’al-t’ip-ḵ’otskw ii tḵ’al- simihlkwt hlidaa yukwhl x̱haykwshl am’aamit1918, g̱anhl hlag̱ats’uuhl pts’aanhl g̱alts’ap.

Sa’ansgidiit sim’oogidim Lax̱sgiik, wat as Ts’aasg̱ooḵ.

Broken Tree Pole

Chief: Ts’aasg̱ooḵ
Tribe: Eagle
Clan: Lax̱luuks
House: Ḵ̱oox̱
Carver: Ni’isginw̓aatx
Height: unknown
Year: circa 1870s

Crest figures from top to bottom:

The entire pole was carved to represent the Sperm Whale, a crest of the Lax̱luuks clan of Eagles. An Eagle sat at the top of the pole, known by the name Andepkan or “Broken Tree” according to a story now forgotten.

Travelling downriver past Gitlax̱t’aamiks, the Broken Tree pole of Ts’aasg̱ooḵ stood twenty-first in line along the river front. This pole disappeared before 1927: 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.

This was a memorial pole for a previous Eagle chief named Ts’aasg̱ooḵ.

Historical Pictures of Broken Tree Pole (click for larger image)

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