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Pa'yuk'' "(eagle) remains fly," d\ a qayer'H the noble male name tree, unable to of highest rank. hasqa"x "white wind," a prince's name. ^e-^xk"-, a male name. ni-kwdlr'ltk'^ "(eagle's) head drooping as he rests on a tree," the noble female name of highest rank. t'qakctjx"^ It was borne by Chief Derrick's mother. waql tsdmclx "beaver's ground," a princess' More common names xpaye'x'''' tail lying on the name. are: "people sitting down in a row," a man's name. qwadzaxga-'kl (anus) "mouse passes when swallowed" a man's name.

It implies that the main source of the slave class among the Nass Ic-'n^U (cf. River people was constituted by captives taken in Tlingit Indians to the north. war with the The common people, as well as the nobles, were represented in all four of the phratries or pHc^q^K They were allowed to show the less important crests in potlatches, but not the main crests. >A relatively fuU account of the secret societies of the Nass River Indians is given by F. in his report on The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the KwakiuU Indians (Report of U.

He claimed to have the right to the performance of the lo"lim and ho-nd-nd-'l but not to that of the 'o-ldld'} CLASSES OF SOCIETY. A few scanty notes were obtained on the classes of society formerly recognized among the Nass River Indians. Chief Derrick recognized three main classes: 1. " 2. wa-'a-''(n 3. " It implies that the main source of the slave class among the Nass Ic-'n^U (cf. River people was constituted by captives taken in Tlingit Indians to the north. war with the The common people, as well as the nobles, were represented in all four of the phratries or pHc^q^K They were allowed to show the less important crests in potlatches, but not the main crests.

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