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There is no doubt that at least one reason for the appearance same crest in more than one clan is the fact that clans often originated by the splitting of earlier more inclusive units, so that they share the same tradition up to a certain point. Moreover, the fact that any particular clan possesses only one form of the of a given crest points to the secondary origin of the more special forms of the typical crests; thus, the beaver, "standing beaver," and "beaver eating wood" of various Eagle clans doubtless represent special developments of a common beavercrest tradition.

I. Wolf phratry names. 1. ale name of highest rank in the family. mtnlkokckum §iba'yukH xc§d"k' "eagle wings slowly," a prince's name. flaps his "father of (slave named) 'yoq'," a male ni'^'c 'yjq'^ ^tpla-'x^ "little trout" (cf. /a-x" "trout"), name, name the noble female of highest rank in the family. "whale spouts," a princess' name. 'axtrbo'x" More common names are hcs 'no''H'ks "lying stunned," wrbdnlmdc a man's name. qaya-'Ut' "big belly of mac qaya-'' Tsimshian "bull-head"), a woman's name.

E. "^ clan (Wolf phratry): wdlo-'a-'ml q9"'t "(house) entrance of which is attended by joy" (literally, "being-good-therein heart"). This is Chief Derrick's (^e-y^'") house, recently built at 'd'yd'nc. MUSEUM BULLETIN 22 3. NO. 19. " Ipm "humpbacked whale," it will be remembered, is the main crest of this clan. , of hair falling out of fur up of floor planks). The two house names found among the kdwankci'lk^ are: (this or using 1. Of laxlo-^^kcf- clan (Eagle phratry): anlo'lkdm wt'lp ' This house was owned by Chief Derrick's maternal grandfather.

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