Traditional tribes of the Gitsegukla are the Fireweed (Gishast) and the Frog (Ganada) tribes with the Fireweed seated where the sun rises and the Frog seated where the sun sets during feasts. Through inter-marriage, the Gisegukla also includes the Wolf, Eagle and Killer Whale Clans.
Personal masks, head dresses, ceremonial blankets and rattles were all associated with chiefs and used during feasts or pole raisings. This regalia shows our history, the wealth of our ancestors, and their names, which have been passed down through the generations.
Many of the original regalia were lost during the fire of 1872. Some originals are found in museums or in private collections. Replicas have been made and the tradition carried on to this day.
Each clan has a crest which tells the story of the age, origin, and history. The crests are still very important and respectfully recognized as symbols of our people. They are constant reminders of our rich cultural history, and our community of carvers, artists, dancers and singers that exist today.