Exhibit, To The Totem Forests


'Yalis (Alert Bay)

Gwa'yasdams (Gilford Village)

Kalugwis (Turnour Island)

K'we (Mt. Stephens)

'Mi'mkwamlis (Village Island)

T'sadzis'nukwaame' (New Vancouver)

Ts'aa7ahl (Chaatl)

Q'una (Skedans)

Hlragilda (Skidegate)


Pebble Town)

Gitwangak (Kitwanga)



Gitanyow (Kitwancool)

Ba'a's (Blunden Harbour)

Xwatis (Quatsino)

Q'una (Skedans)

Hlragilda (Skidegate)

Gitanyow (Kitwancool)

Caynaa (Haina)

Hiellen (Tow Hill)




'Skedans Poles' / Emily Carr / B.C. Archives / PDP02310 "Memories came out of this place to meet the Indians; you saw remembering in their brightening eyes and heard it in the quick hushed words they said to each other in Haida."
Carr 1941:27

"The name Skedans, as with that of many other Haida villages, is a corruption by the early fur traders of the name of the head chief, Gida'nsta, which means 'from his daughter', a title of respect used by children when addressing a person of high rank. The village had several other names as well, including Koona and Huadju-lanas (Grizzly bear town).
MacDonald 1983:79

"Q!o'na Inaga'-I (Skedans). Family: Qa'gials qe'gawa-i. Chief: Gida'nsta (from his daughter), corrupted into 'Skedans' by whites.

"Q:o'na (Skedans), also called Xu'adji la'nas (grizzly-bear town)."
Chief Skedans in Swanton 1905:278 and 284

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