Goonk' (Little Spring)

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English Name: 
The Glory Hole
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“Up toward the north, it is called Goonk’, to where the headwater is, Goonk’. Spring water. When you wade out on it, if you come out where it doesn’t look deep the water will go over your boots. How clear the water is. Is why it’s named Góonk. This is the one sockeyes fill. The white man calls this ‘glory hole’. And where it’s called ‘káa kei hinji yé,’ {Horace: end of the salmon spawn} that no one told you about, it’s ours too. Toward upriver, toward north, it’s like this. Here “a káa kei hinji yé” flows like this. We young men go up along the cliff-face. But the elderly go in a cottonwood canoe. Then we would chase the mountain goats against a cliff. Only when they reach the beach do we shoot them. Those who poled up would take them all aboard. This is how we got them. This is the reason we claim ‘a káa kei hinji yé,’ on our side again." [14]


United States
59° 22' 27.7284" N, 135° 38' 19.7952" W

Ikaduwakaa and the Storyboard are part of the Doorways to the Past; Gateway to the Future project, cooperatively supported by the Chilkoot Indian Association, Haines Borough Public Library, and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and lifelong learning.