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Haida Indian Bands, Gens and Clans

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Many tribes have sub-tribes, bands, gens, clans and phratry.  Often very little information is known or they no longer exist.  We have included them here to provide more information about the tribes.

Haida Indian Bands, Gens and Clans

Chats-hadai A subdivision of the Koetas, a Haida family belonging to the Kaigani group. They were probably so named from a camping place. Swanton, Cont. Haida, 272, 1905.

Dagangasels (Dāgañasêls, ‘common food-steamers’). A subdivision of the Kona-kegawai of the Haida. They were of low social rank, and the name was used probably in contempt. Swanton, Cont. Haida, 273, 1905.

Daiyuahl-lanas (Daiyū ał lā′nas, ‘people of the town where they always give away food). A division of the Raven clan of the Haida, named from one of its towns. A second name for the band was Kasta-kegawai (Q!ā′sta qē′gawa-i) , those born at Skidegate cr. It formerly occupied the coast between Alliford bay and Cumshewa point, but is now nearly extinct. Swanton, Cont. Haida, 269, 1905.

Djahui-gitinai (Djaxui’gûtînā′i, sea ward Eagles). A division of the Eagle clan of the Haida. They considered themselves a part of the Gitins of Skidegate, being simply those who lived farthest outward down Skidegate inlet, Queen Charlotte ids., Brit. Col. They formed the main part of the Eagle population at Naikun and C. Ball. Swanton, Cont. Haida, 274, 1905.

Djahui-hlgahet-kegawai (Djaxui′lgā′-xet qē′gawa-i, ‘those born on the seaward side of Pebble town’). A subdivision of the Hlgahet-gitinai, of the Haida of Queen Charlotte ids., Brit. Col. Swanton, Cont. Haida, 274, 1905.

Djahui-skwahladagai (Djaxui′sqoā′ład-aga-i, ‘down-the-inlet’ Skwahladas). A division of the Raven clan of the Haida. They were probably once a part of the Skwahladas who lived on the w. coast of Queen Charlotte ids., Brit. Col., being distinguished from them by the fact that they lived seaward (djahui) down Skidegate inlet. Swanton, Cont. Haida, 269, 1905.

Djiguaahl-lanas (Dn′gua ał lā′nas, Dji′-guatown people ). A prominent division of the Eagle clan of the Haida, so named from a legendary town on the N. side of Cumshewa inlet, whence their ancestress, who was also the ancestress of the Kai-ahl-lanas, Kona-kegawai, and Stawas-hai-dagai, is said to have come. They lived in the town of Kloo. Swanton, Cont. Haida, 273, 1905.

Djus-hade (Djus xade′, ‘people of Djus island’) . A division of the Eagle clan of the Haida, living on an island of the same name at the entrance of Tsooskahli, Queen Charlotte ids.,, and closely related to the Widja-gitunai, Tohlka-gitunai, and Chets-gitunai. They afterward moved to the mouth of Masset inlet. A branch of the Kuna-lanas received the same name. Swanton, Cont. Haida, 275, 1905.

Do-gitunai (Dō-gît anā′i, ‘Gitans of the west coast’). A division of the Eagle clan of the Haida. They are said to have branched off from the Mamun-gitunai, and, as the name implies, their towns and camping places were on the w. coast of Queen Charlotte id., Brit. Col. Swanton, Cont. Haida, 275, 1905.

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