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Kwakwa_ka_’wakw Settlements, 1775-1920

A Geographical Analysis and Gazetteer

The Kwakwa_ka_’wakw, speakers of the Kwak’wala language, lived in northern Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland of British Columbia long before the arrival of non-Aboriginals. This important book, newly back in print, provides a geographic overview of the changing demography and settlement patterns of the Kwakwa_ka_’wakw between 1775 and 1920 and serves as a reference guide to the location and use of Kwakwa_ka_’wakw settlement sites. Robert Galois has utilized a vast quantity of unpublished archival data to show that much changed in the 150 years after contact. This is an invaluable resource tool for anyone investigating documentary sources dealing with Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia and elsewhere.

484 pages

Table of Contents

Maps, Tables, and Figures


Part 1: Language, Territory, and Settlements: Perspectives on the Kwakwa_ka_’wakw

Introductory Statement / Gloria Granmer

Webster Geography, Ethnogeography, and the Perspective of the Kwakwa_ka_’wakw / Gloria Cranmer Webster and Jay Powell

The Kwak’wala Language / Jay Powell

Kwakwa_ka_’wakw Settlement Patterns, 1775-1920 / Robert Galois

Part 2: Gazetteer of Kwakwa_ka_’wakw Settlement Sites (Including Kwakwa_ka_’wakw Origin Narratives)

Introduction to the Gazetteer


Gilford Island Tribes

Knight Inlet Tribes

Kwakiutl Tribes

Lekwiltok Tribes

Nahwitti Tribes

Nimpkish Tribes

Northern Tribes Quatsino

Sound Tribes


1. Kwakwa_ka_’wakw Population Data

2. Kwakwa_ka_’wakw and Salish Territory, 1792: The Voyages of Vancouver and Galiano

3. The Nahwitti Incidents of 1850 and 1851

4. Salmon Canneries Operating Kwakwa_ka_’wakw Territory, 1881-1929

5. Index of Kwakwa_ka_’wakw Place-names in U’mista Cultural Centre




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