Elder Gladys Vandal

Gladys Vandal (Haida)

Gladys Vandal, whose Haida name is Jiixa, belongs to the Skidegate Gidins (Eagle) clan, which came from the Naikoon Big House People. She is the daughter of Kathleen (Young) and Isaac Hans. Her father was an argillite carver and she recalls weaving with her mother. Despite Jiixa’s growing business, she still attends the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program regularly to increase her competence of the Haida language. 

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