Our Stories

Fsem-Y-How (The Settling of Tsunyow)

In the flat place on the west bank of the big canyon, Chief Neas Hiwas chose his camp site. Below them the waters of the Skeena raced through the rocky gorge.

The Movement from Tsunyow to Gitaus

Pleasant years sped by. Each year brought the accustomed duties. Each held a goodly measure of relaxation.

Tsimsyan (The Beaver)

As told by Walter Wright to William Beynon in 1926. This story explains why the beaver crest belongs to the Eagle clan of the Gitselasu. It also explains why the people left the village of Gitaus and moved to Gitlaxdzawk and Gitsaex.

Long after the Gitrhawn (Gitxan or Salmon-Eater) clan in the Eagle phratry established itself and took the lead at Gitselas (Kitselas), it happened, one morning, that Gwaenrk did not get up as usual.

Gitxon of Gitlaxdzawks

This is the adaawak of Gitxon of Gitlaxdzawks told by Sim’oogit Gitxon in Port Essington in 1924, when he was interviewed by Marius Barbeau.

When the people were living all together at a Haida village, they owned a fishing pool where they would go to catch trout. One time, three young men fished trout in the pool.

Bear Mother

This story was told by Walter Wright to William Beynon in 1926. This story describes the migration of Nieshawax and Niesdaok from the upper Skeena River region. They left the area because they were decimated by mountain goats. The cultural property of this Killer Whale clan of Gitlaxdzawk is represented by the single fireweed pole of Nieshawax.
After the ancestors of the clan had been decimated because of their disrespect to the Mountain Goats, the survivors escaped down the river. Some of them settled down at the Gitselas (Kitselas) Canyon.

Contests of the Healing Shamans

As told by Da’gee (Harriet Hudson) and recorded in 1948-49 by William Beynon.

Among the Kitselas people, there was a great shaman who was known as Witaltal and he was always in contest with shamans from other places. Especially was he always competing with Nisatneats of the Ginaxangik.

The Origin of the Beaver Crest at Gitselasu

As told by Niis’Hawas (Walter Wright) Gisbutwuda of Gitselasu at the Canyon of Skeena River, and recorded by William Beynon.

Long after the Gitxon (Salmon-Eater) clan in the Eagle phratry established itself and took the lead at Gitselasu, it happened, one morning that Gwznrk did not get up as usual.

The Origin of Devils Club

As told by Mrs. Harriet Hudson and recorded by William Beynon in 1947.

Devil’s club has become not only a medicinal plant but also has purification powers used by the hunters. Many times hunters went out but returned empty-handed, because the animals were able to smell their scent and this made hunting very difficult.