Gitwangak Village (Kitwanga)

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Gitwangak or Kitwanga, which means People of the Place of Rabbits, is the most western Gitxsan village on the Skeena River, and is approximately 241 kilometres from the coast. The village itself lies on the northern bank of the Skeena River in northern British Columbia. It is about 3 kilometres from the National Historic Site of Taawdzep or Gitwangak Battle Hill (formerly Kitwanga Fort).

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Pole-of-the-Mountain-Lion and the Ensnared-Bear

Two of Chief Arhteeh’s poles.

This is a detail of the lower section of the pole, showing an engraved Halibut that is followed by a Split-Eagle. At the base of the pole is a Bear’s-Den-Person, a human figure with a hole in the centre of the body to represent the opening to the bear’s den, and then a Drum or Drum-Person that is attached to the right side of the pole. Halibut, Historical Sites, Drums, Den, Centre, Eagle, Detail, Drum Sets, Eagles

Drum-Hangs-On

This is a detail of the lower section of the pole, showing an engraved Halibut that is followed by a Split-Eagle. At the base of the pole is a Bear’s-Den-Person, a human figure with a hole in the centre of the body to represent the opening to the bear’s den, and then a Drum or Drum-Person that is attached to the right side of the pole.

Detail of the Man-in-the-Copper-Shield, who has his hands folded across his abdomen. Note the incised Frogs-Hanging on either side of the shield beside the figures head. His Hands, Historical Sites, Frogs, The Man, Copper, Note, Detail, Brass

Man-in-the-Copper-Shield

Detail of the Man-in-the-Copper-Shield, who has his hands folded across his abdomen. Note the incised Frogs-Hanging on either side of the shield beside the figures head.

Detail of the warriors that were crushed by the log.The pole has been lowered in order to be restored. Mean People, Historical Sites, Santa Barbara, British Columbia, Westerns, Restoration, Coast, River, Warriors

Man-Crushing-Log

Detail of the warriors that were crushed by the log.The pole has been lowered in order to be restored.

This is a detail of the Man-Cut-in-Half and the Frog, which has its head facing up between the arms of the Man-Cut-in-Half. Man Cut, Historical Sites, The Man, Supernatural, Arms, Detail, Face, Artwork, Work Of Art

Man-Cut-in-Half or Supernatural-Frog

This is a detail of the Man-Cut-in-Half and the Frog, which has its head facing up between the arms of the Man-Cut-in-Half.

Detail of the large Climbing-Frog.This photograph shows this pole lowered as it was recently restored. Historical Sites, British Columbia, Climbing, Restoration, Photograph, Detail, Refurbishment, Photography, Rock Climbing

Whereon-Climb-Frogs

Detail of the large Climbing-Frog.This photograph shows this pole lowered as it was recently restored.

Detail of Halfway-Out, shown as a large human face, and then warriors who were crushed by the log - one sideways and the other upside down. The Man-Crushing-Log is in reference to a defence used by Nekt’s fort in which they rolled logs down the hill to crush the attackers.<br><br>In this photo, the pole has been lowered in order to be restored. In Reference, Logs, Historical Sites, Warriors, Restoration, Detail, Face, Refurbishment, Faces

Man-Crushing-Log

Detail of Halfway-Out, shown as a large human face, and then warriors who were crushed by the log - one sideways and the other upside down. The Man-Crushing-Log is in reference to a defence used by Nekt’s fort in which they rolled logs down the hill to crush the attackers.In this photo, the pole has been lowered in order to be restored.

At the top of the pole is an Eagle, with a frog on its body. Next is a Copper-Smell-Person depicted in the shape of a human who is holding two small animals. Then there is a large Climbing-Frog, a canoe with three figures (Nekt, Kewok, and Lutraisu), another Climbing-Frog and then at the base of the pole is a Half-Bear. Small Animals, Historical Sites, Canoe, British Columbia, Eagles, Climbing, Copper, Bear, Shape

Whereon-Climb-Frogs

At the top of the pole is an Eagle, with a frog on its body. Next is a Copper-Smell-Person depicted in the shape of a human who is holding two small animals. Then there is a large Climbing-Frog, a canoe with three figures (Nekt, Kewok, and Lutraisu), another Climbing-Frog and then at the base of the pole is a Half-Bear.

Man-Cut-in-Half or Supernatural-Frog Man Cut, Sculpture, Totems, Historical Sites, British Columbia, The Man, Supernatural, Foundation, Arms

Man-Cut-in-Half or Supernatural-Frog

At the top of the pole is the Supernatural-Frog, followed by Man-Cut-in-Half and then the Frog, which has its head facing up between the arms of the Man-Cut-in-Half.This pole is being re-erected as you can see the foundation being prepared for the pole. This was originally a house frontal pole that is now destroyed.

Standing on the edge of the riverbank in its original position before the flood. Before The Flood, Mean People, Historical Sites, British Columbia, Den, Coast, River, The Originals, Places

The Bear’s-Den or Bear’s-Den-Person

Standing on the edge of the riverbank in its original position before the flood.

Located on the left at the front of the house of Hlengwah. Historical Sites, British Columbia, Coast, Artwork, Work Of Art

Whole-Being

Located on the left at the front of the house of Hlengwah.

Detail of a Wolf from the Ensnared-Bear pole that was erected ca. photograph shows this pole lowered as it was recently restored. Mean People, Historical Sites, British Columbia, Westerns, Restoration, Wolf, Coast, Photograph, Bear

Ensnared-Bear

Detail of a Wolf from the Ensnared-Bear pole that was erected ca. 1875.This photograph shows this pole lowered as it was recently restored.

Detail of a large Hanging-Frog. This photograph shows this pole was recently restored, and is going to be re-erected. Mean People, Historical Sites, British Columbia, Westerns, Restoration, Coast, Photograph, River, Detail

Man-in-the-Copper-Shield

Detail of a large Hanging-Frog. This photograph shows this pole was recently restored, and is going to be re-erected.

At the top of the pole is a Thunderbird, followed by two Frogs or Flying-Frogs. At the base of the pole is a Whole-Being. Historical Sites, Frogs, British Columbia, Coast, River, Places, Top, Rivers, Crop Shirt

Thunderbird

At the top of the pole is a Thunderbird, followed by two Frogs or Flying-Frogs. At the base of the pole is a Whole-Being.

At the top of the pole is an Eagle, with a frog on its body. Next is a Copper-Smell-Person depicted in the shape of a human who is holding two small animals. Then there is a large Climbing-Frog, a canoe with three figures (Nekt, Kewok, and Lutraisu), another Climbing-Frog and then at the base of the pole is a Half-Bear. Small Animals, Historical Sites, Canoe, British Columbia, Eagles, Climbing, Copper, Bear, Shape

Whereon-Climb-Frogs

At the top of the pole is an Eagle, with a frog on its body. Next is a Copper-Smell-Person depicted in the shape of a human who is holding two small animals. Then there is a large Climbing-Frog, a canoe with three figures (Nekt, Kewok, and Lutraisu), another Climbing-Frog and then at the base of the pole is a Half-Bear.

At the top of the pole is the Supernatural-Frog, followed by Man-Cut-in-Half and then the Frog, which has its head facing up between the arms of the Man-Cut-in-Half.<br><br>This pole is being re-erected as you can see the foundation being prepared for the pole. This was originally a house frontal pole that is now destroyed. Man Cut, Mean People, Historical Sites, British Columbia, The Man, Supernatural, Battle, Foundation, Arms

Man-Cut-in-Half

At the top of the pole is the Supernatural-Frog, followed by Man-Cut-in-Half and then the Frog, which has its head facing up between the arms of the Man-Cut-in-Half.This pole is being re-erected as you can see the foundation being prepared for the pole. This was originally a house frontal pole that is now destroyed.

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