First Totems Story
Each Haida pole has its own story but there is a story of the origin of all Haida poles
There were many of them at Git̓anḵ’a village.
It was very calm. And it was also very sunny.
They looked at it for a long time. And they memorized it.
And when they got to Tl’uu sḵans (the crabapple patch at the end of the tree line at Née Kún), they talked about it.
They began to raise the carving.
And they went to Daal ḵaahlii.
And while she was resting from paddling, this woman was looking in the water. And as she was looking in the water, she saw something that was carved, a long, log-like shape.
When they finished memorizing it, they left.
“We will make copies of the carvings on the chief’s house,” some of them said.
From there, when it was getting to be fall, they went food gathering to Nee Kun in two big canoes. They went on a berry picking trip.
It was a carved image.
And when they were finished getting berries, they returned home by canoe.
People started carving them soon after.