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Gidansda’s Moon and Mountain Goat Chest, and Chief’s Settee

On loan from the American Museum of History, the lineage of the Moon & Mountain Goat chest spans back at least seven generations of Hereditary Leaders from the Gakyals KiiGuwaay clan of Skedans. In April, the chest participated in a memorial potlatch honouring the late chief Gidansda, Percy Williams. The next day, Guujaaw took on the responsibility of this hereditary position, and the name Gidansda, in an inauguration potlatch in which the chest played a central role. The new Gidansda gifted twenty-five large coppers from the chest to Hereditary Leaders and other honoured guests! The chest now rests in our Museum, accompanied by Gidansda’s Chief’s Settee, for a few more months—make sure to visit!

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