"Éhagé Nakoda: The Last Nakoda"

The immortal Ĩ-ktomnĩ (the "Trickster", or the "Old Man") possesses special powers. He was the first Nakoda (human - referring only to the Ĩyãħé Nakoda) to live on the earth and, in fact, had assisted the Creator with its origin.

After the earth was formed, additional Nakoda were created to live on this planet. Since time immemorial, their traditional homelands included the eastern slopes of what are now known as the Rocky Mountains in Canada.

At one point in time, word circulated that Ĩ-ktomnĩ was granting wishes to the Ĩyãħé Nakoda. Two Nakoda visited Ĩ-ktomnĩ and respectfully asked him to give them one wish each.

Ĩ-ktomnĩ replied, "I will grant any wish you desire, but you must understand that once your wish is fulfilled, you cannot change it." They both agreed.

The first Nakoda made a wish to be very beautiful.

Ehage-Nakoda-swan.jpgĨ-ktomnĩ then commanded, "Do you see that pond of water? Run to it and jump in it." The Nakoda jumped into the pond and immediately was transformed into a beautiful swan.

Astonished, the second Nakoda then made a wish, saying, "My wish is nothing like that. I wish to remain on this earth for as long as it exists."

Ĩ-ktomnĩ responded, "You shall remain on this earth long after all humans cease to inhabit it. You will be Éhagé Nakoda: The Last Nakoda."

Ehage-Nakoda-mountain.jpgĨ-ktomnĩ then commanded the Nakoda to sit on the ground. The Nakoda did as instructed and immediately was transformed into a colossal rock configuration: a mountain.

That particular mountain - which was originally the Nakoda - still dominates the landscape to this day.

It "...shall remain on this earth long after all humans cease to inhabit it."

The mountain is known as "Éhagé Nakoda: The Last Nakoda".

In 1998 the Geographical Names Program, part of the Historical Sites Service of the provincial government of Alberta in Canada, granted official name status of "Éhagé Nakoda" for a specific mountain near Canmore, Alberta.

The official name status represents the significance of this particular mountain to the Ĩyãħé Nakoda, as well as the historical presence of the Ĩyãħé Nakoda along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Canada.

The original telling of the name for this mountain was orally passed on by Ĩyãħé Nakoda ancestors through succeeding generations.


All words in the Ĩyãħé Nakoda language that are written on this page are included in the Language menu segment for you to hear how they are correctly pronounced.