Hobyiee is the Nisga'a celebration of the New Year and the coming harvest of the Oolichans. This year the Nisga'a in the Nass Valley held their annual celebration in the Village of Gitlaxt’aamiks (formerly known as New Aiyansh) over two days, February 24 and 25th.
This 45 minute video is the "Grand Finale" of the event where the moon is taken down from the sky. The Oolichan Grease bowl is then presented and the Chiefs all drink from the ceremonial bowl.
Dr. Joe Gosnell, the most respected elder of the nation, addresses the gathering at the mid point of this video and announces the next location for 2013.
When watching the video a net can be seen hanging from the ceiling. This net, Dr. Gosnell described, was hand made by his grandmother. The net is made with a combination of cotton and linen. It was sent to the Canadian Museaum of civilization in Ottawa and was returned to the Nisga'a with the other artifacts for their new Museum in Laxgalts'ap (Greenville).