Gitxsan

Gitxsanimaax or Gitsenimx, is the language spoken by the Gitxsan Nation.

The economy of the Gitxsan peoples is largely based on the salmon trade and other natural resources from their territory; including oolichan grease, which was extensively traded with neighboring peoples. The Gitxsan have always asserted their right to their territory and have always held a highly organized political and social system in both pre and post-contact times. 1

Their territory encompasses 33,000 squared km in Northwestern British Columbia, including the Skeena, Babine, Bulkey and Kispiox rivers. 2

They are a matriarchal society and lineage is traced through mothers’ houses. Houses, or Wilps, belong to a clan; these would be the Lax Gibuu (Wolf), Lax Siik (Eagle), Lax Seel/Ganeda (Frog), and the Giskaast (Fireweed). Important social and political decisions are sanctioned at the Liligit or the Feast Hall. 3

There is a large collection of Robert E. Sebastian's print work in the University of Victoria's Art collection, along with Phillip Janzé, Michael Blackstock and Ray Sim. The prints in this collection negotiate a rich space in the inter-relationship of contemporary and traditional forms.

All below was sourced from the following pages:

1 Gitxsan http://www.gitxsan.com/our-history/pre-and-post-contact.html

2 Gitxsan http://www.gitxsan.com/our-land.html

3 Gitxsan http://www.gitxsan.com/our-way/society.html
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Loon Family   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Loons Gathering   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
25th Anniversary Of Chief Ga...   Chuck, Heit (Ya'Ya)
Sea Monster   Stephens, Vernon
Raven Stealing The Sun   Stephens, Vernon
The Gitksan Warrior, Quest F...   Stephens, Vernon
The Gitksan Dance Of The Hum...   Stephens, Vernon
Dance Of The Raven By The Gi...   Stephens, Vernon
Weget Legend - Raven Stealin...   Mowatt, Ken
Weget Stealing Water   Mowatt, Ken
Raven's Love Song   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Raven Chief   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
The Northern Hawk   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Moon Mallard   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Evening Mallard   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Flying Frog Mask   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Deer-Run Through The Moon   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
One Horned Goat   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Fall Robins   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Eagles And Mallards   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
The Eagle's Perch   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Canadian Eagle "free"   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
Stellars Jay And Chick A Dee   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
The Fisherman -Sprey   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
The Dawn - Canada Goose   Sebastian, Robert E. b.1952
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