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Gitxsan Culture and History (Gitksan)

As a complement to our Gitxsan language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Gitxsan tribe and their society. Please note that Gitxsans and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Gitxsan history is interesting and important, but the Gitxsan Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Gitxsan Tribal and Community Websites

Gitxsan Chiefs Office:
    Official website of the Gitxsan First Nation.
Gitsegukla First Nation: * Sik-E-Dakh (Glen Vowell): * Gitanmaax/Hazelton Band:
    Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs: * Kispiox Band:
    Websites of individual Gitxsan bands.
Gitxsan Development Corporation:
    Tribal organization providing business services on behalf of the Gitxsan Nation.
    British Columbia museum and interpretive centre dedicated to demonstrating the richness of Gitxsan culture and heritage.

Gitxsan Lifestyle and Tradition

First Nations of British Columbia:
    Map of British Columbia showing where the Nisga'a and Gitxsan people live.
    History of the Gitksan people in Canada.
Canadian Peoples of the Northwest Coast:
    Ethnography of the Gitksan, Nisga'a, and Tsimshian people.
Gitxsan Legends:
    Collection of Gitxsan mythology and traditional stories.
The Names Spread In All Directions:
    Essay on the meaning and importance of personal names in Tsimshian and Gitxsan culture.
Gitksan Totems:
    Photographs of Gitksan totem poles.
Trevor Angus, Gitxsan Artist: * Daniel Yunkws Northwestern Carving:
    Homepages of Gitxsan tribal artists.
Gitksan Gambling Sticks: * Gitxsan Drums:
    Gitxsan toys, games, and musical instruments.
Gitxsan Drum Songs: * Gitxsan All Clan Dancers:
    Videos of traditional Gitxsan singing, drumming, and dancing.
Shamanism Defends A People:
    Essay about Gitxsan religious beliefs.
Gitksan Ethnobotany:
    Information on the traditional uses of plants in the Gitxsan tribe.
Gitksan Planked Salmon:
    Gitxsan food recipes.
Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage: Gitksan:
    Online exhibit of Gitksan artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Gitxsan Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Gitxsan wood carvings, jewelry, baskets and other artifacts.
Gitxsan Nation Flag:
    Gitxsan Indian flags.
Four Directions: Gitsan:
    Timeline and links about Gitxsan history.

Gitxsan Poiltics, Issues and News

The Delgamuukw/Gisday'wa National Process * The Delgamuukw Case:
    Delgamuukw v. British Columbia * The Delgamuukw Decision:
    Sites about the groundbreaking Gitksan-Wets'uwet'en sovereignty case.
Gitxsan illustrator inspired to keep language alive: * Gitksan dictionary goes mobile:
    News articles about language and cultural revival on the Gitxsan reserves.
Gitxsan Nation extends fishing closure across their territory:
    Article about indigenous environmental management on Gitxsan lands.

Books for sale on the Gitxsan Indians
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The Gitksan Potlatch:
    Good ethnography of the Gitxsan tribe and their worldview for sale online.
Feast: A Gitksan Story:
    Moving novel by a Gitksan author about a First Nations girl reconnecting with her heritage.
Ethnobotany of the Gitksan Indians of British Columbia:
    Book on traditional Gitksan herbs and plant knowledge.
Colonialism on Trial:
    Book on the Gitksan-Wet'suwet'en sovereignty case and indigenous land rights in Canada.
American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Gitxsans and Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Gitxsan:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Gitxsan tribe.
  OLAC: Gitxsan:
  Reference list of Gitxsan language materials.
  Gitxsan Tribe:
  Gitxsan links.
  Peuples autochtones de la côte pacifique: * Los nass-gitxsan:
  Information about the Gitksan and other Northwest Coast First Nations in French and Spanish.

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