LISIMS/NASS VALLEY RCMP detachment commander Donovan Tait celebrated Hobiyee as a drummer with the Gitlaxt’aamiks Ceremonial Dancers after the Nisga’a leadership invited police officers to be involved in the two-day event in New Aiyansh this weekend.
Tait rehearsed for two months to take part in the ‘Grand Entrance’ with elders and chiefs to open the events.
He performed in traditional Nisga’a regalia, made for him by community members, as part of the ‘Grizzly Bear’ clan.
“The Nisga’a leadership have graciously invited local RCMP officers to be involved in this sacred cultural event recognizing them as important members of the community,” said Tait.
RCMP members, staff, spouses and children took part in the celebrations.
Hobiyee is an annual celebration when in the ancient days the Nisga’a looked to the heavens for direction.
When the moon was shaped like a bowl, the first person to see it would shout Hoobixim Yee.
It is celebrated at the end of February every year, just before the Oolichans’ arrival signals the beginning of the harvest and the Nisga’a celebrate the return of life to their land.
This fish comes once a year and during this time of year, the moon and a star align and the Nisga’a believe when this alignment happens that the harvest seasons to come will be plentiful and abundant.