Academic journal article University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review

Esdii Wal: Gitxsan Law Grounded in Epistemology

Academic journal article University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review

Esdii Wal: Gitxsan Law Grounded in Epistemology

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I     GLOSSARY OF GITXSAN TERMS                       65 II    INTRODUCTION                                    67 III   METHODOLOGY                                     69 IV    PEDAGOGY AND LAW                                72 V     DEELEPZEB'S DILEMMA                             73 VI    ESDII WAL                                       79 VII   OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GILOULI                   80 VIII  COGNITIVE IMPERIALISM                           82 IX    RESILIENCY AND MODERNITY IN WILP LI"LIGIT       86 X     OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LAND AND ITS ECOLOGY  88 XI    CONCLUSION                                      91 

I GLOSSARY OF GITXSAN TERMS

Adaawk            The oral history of a Wilp An luu to'os't    Storage area or land Amhalyte          Chief's headdress Ayook             Positive law Ayook Niiye'e     The law of grandfather; natural/sacred law Damelahamid       Paradise, the original city of the Gitxsan people. It                   is no longer inhabited. Daxgyet           Strength, authority Deelepzeb         A prince from Damelahamid who mocked Gilouli, the                   oldest nephew of Haxbegwootku Dii bix           The deer that fights Esdii wal Esdii wal         The ancestor whose life-story this paper analyzes. He                   is the son of a supernatural being. Ensii Fat'ku      The location where the two sisters met each other and                   cried in Esdii wal's story Ga'd              A pole; refers to the supernatural pole wielded by                   Esdii wal Ganada            The frog clan Gilhaast          Fireweed pole, the totem pole of the House of                   Haxbegwootku that was gifted to the first Gitxsan                   ancestors in our origin story Gilouli           Creator Gisgahaast        The fireweed clan Gitsegukla        People of the precipice, the village where the older                   sister lived in Esdii wal's story Gitsenimx         The Gitxsan language Gitxsan           People of the river of mists 'Goimk            Gilouli's son, husband of Liggeyoan Damlaha Goldum Tsean      The second born of the Gitxsan ancestors, the second                   grandchild that Gilouli places in Damelahamid in the                   origin story. His name describes the gambling box that                   Gilouli gives him in the origin story. Haxbegwootku      The first born of the Gitxsan ancestors, the first                   grandchild that Gilouli places in Damelahamid in the                   origin story. His name describes the supernatural fog                   that he summons in the origin story. Ha'ni t'ookxw     A table or land Huwilp            Houses, the plural of Wilp Ka'its            Taboo, forbidden Kit Ga'd          The people of the pole; refers to the community of                   people that formed around Esdii wal. This village is                   no longer inhabited. Kitselas          The village where the younger sister lived in Esdii                   wal's story. Located downriver of Gitsegukla. Ksan              The river of mists, the Skeena River K'uba wilkxws's   Noble children La 'Dax'giithl    The authority/sovereignty held by the head                   chief of a Pdeek 'Sco'm Simoigit Laha              The sky, space, heaven Lax Gibou         The wolf clan Lax Skiik         The eagle clan Liggeyoan         The only one in the sky, the mother of the first Damlaha           Gitxsan ancestors Limk tsim halyte  Chief's headdress dance Mess ol           A white bear Naxnonga          Supernatural beings, plural Naxnox            A supernatural being Pdeek             A clan, a social grouping that encompasses Huwilp                   connected to a common origin 'Sco'm Simoigit   The head chief of a Pdeek. Their title comes from the                   origin story of the Pdeek. Simgeeget         Chiefs, plural Simoigit          A real person, a chief Tahoe             A small supernatural pole that Gilouli gives his                   grandchildren in the origin story Tsim Algyax       An older version of Gitsenimx which is used in                   ceremonial contexts and is not spoken colloquially Tsim hamaemid     The healer, the third grandchild that Gilouli places                   in Damelahamid in the origin story. … 
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