Pts’aans Sag̱aw̓een

Sim’oogit: Sag̱aw̓een
Pdeek: Lax̱sgiik
Wiln̓aat’ahl: Gitlax̱luuks
Wilp: Sag̱aw̓een
Miinhl Gihlee’e: Oyee
Gan’agwit: 81 feet
Sa wil gahlkwt: Ligii 1865

Wilaa jabihl adoḵs w̓itkw hli ts’iw̓int:

1. X̱sgaak (saa-guutkwhl gihlee’e tgun)
2. Gadim hlaxwhl aks
3. Ḵ’aat
4. Gadim-g̱anhl wat as Uwait
5. Halip’is
6. M̓asḵ’ayaay̓t
7. Gathl wat as Aitl
8. Gathl wat as Gun̓as
9. X̱sgaak
10. Tx̱ux
11. Nibips Gun̓as
12. Ts’uuts’im lax̱-mo’on
13. Aitl g̱anhl x̱bihats’altkw

N̓ihl k’aa w̓ii n̓agwithl pts’aans Sag̱aw̓een, hitgwit ahl ḵ’alii-aksim Lisims. N̓ihl yayt hitgwit, silg̱a hitgwithl anluuxa x̱sgaak ahl g̱alts’ibim Git’iks. N̓iwilt g̱aks silg̱a hitkwhl pts’aanim tx̱uxhl Sim’oogit Laay̓ 1900. N̓ihl gwilal̓hl w̓iit’ax̱ pts’aan dip gunhl k’aa am’aamit ahl Pacific Northwest diyahl anthropologist Marius Barbeau. Giigwihl Royal Ontario Museum ahl Toronto 1927, n̓iwil ḵ’ay hihitkwt ii gwin ga’atkwt sa tgun.

Pole of Sag̱aw̓een

Chief: Sag̱aw̓een
Tribe: Eagle
Clan: Gitlax̱luuks
House: Sag̱aw̓een
Carver: Oyee
Height: 81 feet
Year: circa 1865

Crest figures from top to bottom:

1. Eagle (detached carving)
2. Man Underneath
3. Shark
4. Wooden man named Uwait
5. Dragonfly
6. Bullhead
7. Man named Aitl
8. Man named Gunas
9. Eagle
10. Halibut
11. Uncle of Gunas
12. Cormorant (detached carving)
13. Aitl and the Devil Fish

The pole of Sag̱aw̓een remains the tallest totem pole ever carved on the Nass River. It originally stood with the Eagle’s Nest Pole at the village of Gitiks, where it was later joined by the Eagle-Halibut Pole of Laay around 1885. The famous anthropologist Marius Barbeau considered these three eagle poles to be the finest group of poles on the entire Northwest Pacific coast. The pole of Sag̱aw̓een was purchased in 1928 by the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and it is still displayed at the museum today.

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Historical Pictures of Pole of Sag̱aw̓een in Gitiks (click for larger image)

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