Pts’aanim Max̱makay

Sim’oogit: Gwaanis g̱ans Wii Lax̱ha
Pdeeḵ: Gisḵ’aast
Wilnaat’ahl: Gitsbutwida
Wilp: Wii Seeks
Miinhl Gihlee’e: Qaderh (Wilps K’eex̱kw)
Gan’agwit: 35 feet
K’uuhl wil gahlkwt: ligi 1890

Wilaa jabihl Adoḵs w̓itkw hli ts’iw̓int:

1. N̓im dax̱ yukwdihl gat max̱makay
2. N̓eekhl
3. k’ilsay̓ gat
4. Amhalaydim hlooḵsim m̓isaax
5. Hli gathl sim’oogit
6. Lik’ii’inskwgum lax̱mo’on

Gwin̓ahaa wil hiitkwhl ptsaan tgun, wat ahl Max̱makay oo ligi N̓eḵ’ansgii. (Neḵ’ansgiihl max̱makay). T’aahl G̱alts’abim Gwin̓ahaa G̱alax̱dilihl ii g̱a geets’ihl Gitwinkaihlkw. Mahlkw wil hitkwhl wan n̓ihl wila jabihl ptsaan tgun ahl Gitwinksihlkw ii ḵ’al mihlt hla t’ap mihl Galts’abim Gitwinkaihlkw 1892.

Gigwihl Museum of the American Indian Ahl New York City n̓i wil ḵ’ax̱ hiilt k’uuhl hitkw loot, ahl ts’im court yard museum. N̓i wil woot diit ahl National Museum of Canada ahl 1977. Hla guun ii lu hitkwt ahl (Canadian Museum of Civilization).

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

Rainbow Pole

Chief: Gwaanis and Wii Lax̱ha
Tribe: Killer Whale
Clan: Gitsbutwida
House: Wii Seeks
Carver: Qaderh (house of K’eex̱kw)
Height: 35 feet
Year: circa 1890

Crest figures from top to bottom:

1. Man holding the Rainbow
2. Killer Whale
3. One-Legged Being
4. Sun headdress
5. Chief figure
6. Grizzly Bear of the Sea

The Rainbow Pole, also known as the N̓eḵ’ansgii pole (“Lies over the top”), stood at the village of Gwin̓ahaa on the southeast side of the Nass River across from the village of Gitwinksihlkw. An identical pole was said to have stood across the river on the northwest side in Gitwinksihlkw, but it was destroyed in the fire that razed the village in 1892.

In 1929, the Rainbow Pole was purchased by the Museum of the American Indian in New York City, and it stood for many years in the courtyard of the museum. It was sold to the National Museum of Canada in 1977 (now the Canadian Museum of Civilization).

Click 'Story of the Pole' below to continue the story.

Historical Pictures of Rainbow Pole in Gwin̓ahaa (click for larger image)

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