Fsem-Y-How (The Settling of Tsunyow)

In the flat place on the west bank of the big canyon Neas Hiwas (name of chief) chose his camp site. Below them the waters of the Skeena raced through the rocky gorge. Upstream, it spilled over the great clay dams of the beavers. Downstream the river widened out in...

The Movement from Tsunyow to Gitaus

Pleasant years sped by. Each year brought the accustomed duties. Each held a goodly measure of relaxation. Medeek (name of Grizzly Bear crest, a sub-crest of the KillerWhale clan) and the Eagle (name of clan) lived peacefully side by side. Peace reigned, food...

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...

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...

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...