Gwiis Halaytyt (Dancing Robe)

Gwiis Halaytyt (Dancing Robe)

A gwiis halayt could only be worn by simgitgat (chiefs). The weaving of this type of “Chilkat” dancing robe originated with the Nisga’a. Each blanket is made from dyed mountain goat wool and cedar bark, and required as much as a year to complete. The complex design is an ayukws (crest) of a Nisg-a’a wilp (house). Acquired at Lax-g-alts’ap, likely from a sim’oogit of Ank’idaa, 1905.