An skiim ptsaan

Nihl yayt hooyahl w'ahlin gigat ayuks laxandoosim gat dimt wila alut'aahl an sgihl sim'oogit oo ligi sigidim nak' ahl dim amgoot gan amgoot dit hahla'at yukhl didilst. Hlaga tsut andoosim gat iit n'ii sa wipl dit.

Gan'agwihl hli da bakwihl lipleet iit siwat dit ahl an gigiinaxkw dit loot n'a gan haw'int'in dit iit lu sit yeexdit ahl lo'op nihl n'ii maks gwit lax andoosim gat guun'. hal yukwihl luyaltkwt n'ii maks sa'atkwhl kuba pts'aan lax andoosim gat. Hla hilt an hoox guun' lax andoosim gat

Txaaniks ptsaanim ayuke n’ii maks gwit
lax andoosim gat ii Kap ksilis liskw ga
dilxdit. Nit an gwin ga’adihl will n’u’um
jakwskw ksax lax andoosim gat.wil hooks.

 

Memorial Totem Poles

Traditionally, totem poles were put on grave sites to honour the chief or a special person of high ranking in memory of their accomplishments. A roof was also put over the grave site.

Since the missionaries classified the totem pole as idols, tombstones with crests carved on them were used at grave sites instead. The practice of having totem poles at grave sites is coming back and there are several examples throughout the Nass Valley.

Any tribal totem pole that is used on a grave site has its crest's tongue hanging out. That indicates that it belongs to the deceased person in the grave.

 

 

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