The ancestral lands of the Nisg̱a’a are in and around the Nass River Valley. In this historic hall, the Nisg̱a’a, Gitxsan and Tsimshian people are referred to together as “Tsimshian.” In the past, anthropologists categorized these three distinct nations as one people because they speak related languages.
Population: 6901 (as of 2013) Language: Nisga'a, a language in the Tsimshianic language family
Language learning is a lifelong journey in Nisg̱a’a communities, taught to babies and preschoolers in Head Start Programs, children in local schools, and adults at the Nisg̱a’a university-college, Wilp Wilx̱o'oskwhl Nisg̱a'a Institute. The language has an impressive number of fluent speakers—60 alone in the village of Gitwinksihlkw, a center of Nisg̱a'a teaching and learning.
IN NISGA’A TERRITORY
See more from the Museum's collection of Nisg̱a'a, Gitxsan, and Tsimshian (Tsimshianic) objects.