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...

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...

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...

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...