Exhibit, To The Totem Forests


'Yalis (Alert Bay)

Gwa'yasdams (Gilford Village)

Kalugwis (Turnour Island)

K'we (Mt. Stephens)

'Mi'mkwamlis (Village Island)

T'sadzis'nukwaame' (New Vancouver)

Ts'aa7ahl (Chaatl)

Q'una (Skedans)

Hlragilda (Skidegate)


Pebble Town

Gitwangak (Kitwanga)



Gitanyow (Kitwancool)

Ba'a's (Blunden Harbour)

Xwatis (Quatsino)

Q'una (Skedans)

Hlragilda (Skidegate)

Gitanyow (Kitwancool)

Caynaa (Haina)

Hiellen (Tow Hill)




'Kwakiutl' / Emily Carr / B.C. Archives / PDP00921 RBCM PN00043

"One tall pole stands in village. Base is a large a'batla (the Quatsino word for Dzunukwa), then a large human figure, then Thunderbird (wings and head gone), then (an) eagle on top, also with parts missing. Carved by he'nak'alasu, 50 years ago or so."
Wilson Duff, Quatsino 1955

"Chief Nemukyalis (Chief Sam) owned this pole and I inherited responsibility for it now that he has gone."
Charlie Claire, Gusgimaxw tribe. Macnair personal communication Xwatis 1974

"A hunter is befriended by an 'abatla. She gives him her power so that he may become a successful hunter.

"The hunter was pleased at the big woman's generosity, yet he asked her for one more favor. 'I want to use your features in a dance mask,' he said. 'If you use me, you must use all of me and my four children too,' she replied. 'This baby is the youngest of the four. You may use us all in a dance.' After that the hunter became a very successful provider of food, and a dance was created showing the huge woman with her four babies being born one by one."
Chief J.J. Wallas, Gwat'sinux tribe, 1981:163-164

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