The Swing swings.
Three diaphanous layers create a kaleidoscope of colourful veils to spin around your silhouette. The front two layers of the swing are short; the first providing a night sky into the second, a G̱uhlahl (jade) bubbled pool.
Áa uu G̱ántl íijang. Here is some water. The Ts’íng Beaver appears out from the depth of the water and into the night. The third layer, the back, is longer than the front and translucent, revealing the curve of your back in silhouette. You are in the middle, the center of the universe. Wash and wear and wear and wear.
Colour as shown.
Known as the trickster, transformer and creator, Yáahl shapes itself and the world around it with spontaneous aplomb, often creating mischief. Ravens love shiny things.
Known as a spiritual guide that provides connection to a higher realm, Guud represents strength of character, courage and healing power. Eagles mate for life and are fiercely loyal.
Known for intelligence, leadership and a strong sense of family values, Guuj is a great team player and mates for life. G̱úuj symbolizes perseverance, intuition and success .
The Hummingbird is the messenger of joy. Known for its fortitude and ability to overcome great obstacles, Dakdakdíiyáa symbolizes the spirit of metamorphosis, peace, healing and love.
Ts’ing are determined builders of the mind, body and soul. A hard worker, they symbolize creativity, cooperation, persistence and harmony.
Hlḵ’yáan ḵ’úst’aan is the voice of the people, symbolizing openness, stability and superior communication. It represents great wealth.
Tsiin is the provider of life. Bringing the riches of the sea to spawning rivers, Salmon symbolizes prosperity, fertility, abundance, renewal and good luck.
Candace Weir – iihlajaadkaanas of the Yaghujaanas clan
Advisor: Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
Permission to use phrases from Ýaat Kíl hl Sñ’at’áa! Alaskan Haida Phrasebook Written by Áljuhl Erma Lawrence Edited by Yáahl Ñ’ánggwdangaa Jordan Lachler Sealaska Heritage
‘Wáadluwaan díi dah gudáang. I want to buy all of it.
Dángkw gudangáay ‘láa us? Are you happy?
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