N̓ii -t’aahl X̱sgaak Lax̱-hayax̱gum G̱an

Sim’oogit: Tx̱as-diyee
Pdeeḵ: Lax̱sgiik
Wiln̓aat’ahl: Lax̱luuks
Wilp: G̱ooḵ
Miinhl Gihlee’e: Tx̱aa-kw’ihleen
G̱an̓agwit: 50 feet 3 inches
K’uuhl wil gahlkwt: 1870

Hli adoḵst: w̓itkwt hli ts’iw̓int:

1.N̓ii-t’ipx̱aathl k’uba x̱sgaak lax̱- hayax̱gum g̱an
2. T’img̱esa x̱sgaak
3. Hli haykwhl w̓atsx̱
4. Gathl wat as luu-siskeex̱sim
5. Maaksgum hat’
6 Sdax̱-t’uuts’gum gat
7. Gadim x̱sgaak (hilthl aguhl
luu-dihitgwit)

Ts’uu gilp’il wil k’ap di huxw gwilal̓ luu- ksgeets’ ahl wil gisa-maḵskwhl pts’aan g̱agiiksihl g̱alts’aphl Gitlax̱t’aamiks. Wat ahl hayax̱gum g̱an. Giigwihl Canadian National Railwayshl pts’aan tgun, iit hit’indiit ahl CN Park ahl Prince Rupert.
Hlaa aamhl g̱an̓agwit iit woot’ihl CN Railways ahl Royal British Columbia Museum ahl 1963, ii n̓iwil hitkwt wayt wil amaa japkwhl museum 1996. Dim gwilks-hitskwhl pts’aan tgun ahl Nisg̱a’a, dim ii hitkwt ahl sii museum ahl Laxgalts’ap, sit’aatkwsit 2010.

Eagle on the Decayed Pole

Chief: Tx̱as-diyee
Tribe: Eagle
Clan: Lax̱luuks
House: G̱ooḵ
Carver: Tx̱aa-kw’ihleen
Height: 50 feet 3 inches
Year: circa 1870

Crest figures from top to bottom:

1. Pair of small Eagles known as Eagle on the Decayed Pole
2. Eagle head
3. Ghost of the Otter
4. Person called Luu-siskeex̱sim
5. White Marten
6. Half Black Bodies (several represented)
7. Eagle Person

Travelling downriver past Gitlax̱t’aamiks, the pole called “Eagle on the Decayed Pole” stood twenty-third in line along the river front. This pole was purchased initially by the Canadian National Railways who re-erected it at CN Park in Prince Rupert (presumably circa 1928). CN Railways later sold it to the Royal British Columbia Museum in 1963, and it was on public display until the museum underwent renovations in 1996. The pole has been repatriated to the Nisg̱a’a Nation, and it will stand on display in the new Nisga’a museum in Laxgalts’ap
(Greenville) starting in 2010.

Historical Pictures of Eagle on the Decayed Pole (click for larger image)

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