Transcript - Three Persons Along, Gitlax̱t’aamiks

Hi, my name is Richard Morgan. I’m a cultural researcher and carver. I’m standing in front of the pole of Ksim X̱saan. It’s called Khlugula’wn, “Three Persons Along”, or Kipaigem-gana’o, “Pole of the Frog”. It was carved by Ax̱ts’ip, a remarkable carver out of the house W̓ii Seeks and Gwaanis. It was erected about 1865 to commemorate Liiluuks – that translates into “thief” – by Kamu’aks and Kamsedephraat, the house of Ksim X̱saan.

On the bottom figure is a Kipaigem-gana’o, and on the back and the side of the ribs and on the legs and on the forearm are faces that relate to the story of N̓ii-gamks, the daughter of Nagwa’un.

The first person is hanging on to the ankles of the Flying Frog. It has a frog carved on there, but it’s actually just placed on there and doweled in.

Above that, we have another person holding onto the ribs of a lizard, the ksihlkw. Above that we have another person holding onto the tail of the lizard, ksihlkw. That was the top figure of the Three Persons Along, referring to Luugalong, which means “Three Persons Along.”

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