'Namgis

The Nimpkish River, or the Gwa'ni River, was the first place where captain George Vancouver encountered the 'Namgis people. Peoples of the coastal islands and mountains of Vancouver Island, the 'Namgis' traditional territory surrounds Port McNeil, Hanson Island, the Southern end of Malcolm Island, Beaver Cove and inland surrounding Nimpkish Lake and river, Atluck lake, Woss lake, Schoen lake and Vernon Lake. The 'Namgis First Nation are a part of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nations in Alert Bay. Today many members of the 'Namgis First Nations reside in 'Yalis in Alert Bay, continuing in an active engagement with their natural resources. 1

Along with many of the other Kwakwaka'wakw Nations, the 'Namgis speak Kwakwala. 2

Some of the artists from the 'Namgis community in the University of Victoria Art Collections include Wayne Alfred, Kevin Daniel Cranmer, Bruce Alfred, and William Wasden Jr.(Wak'analagalis) among others. Our collection of 'Namgis material is found largely in our extensive Northwest Coast print collection.

Above References:

1 The 'Namgis First Nation http://www.namgis.bc.ca/Pages/Gwani.aspx

2 First Peoples' Language Map of British Columbia http://maps.fphlcc.ca/namgis
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The Children of our Future   Zuroski, Jamin
Loon   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Blackfish   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Eagle   Wasden, William Jr. (Wak�analagalis); Hilamas  
Raven   Wasden, William Jr. (Wak�analagalis); Hilamas  
Salmon   Wasden, William Jr. (Wak�analagalis); Hilamas  
Blackfish   Wasden, William Jr. (Wak�analagalis); Hilamas  
Orca   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Swans   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Loon   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Frog   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Mosquito   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Wolf   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
The Boy in the Moon   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Butterfly   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Moth   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Dragonfly   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Bee   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Babakwa   Wasden, William Jr.; Hilamas (Wak�analagalis)  
Nora (Mant'i da'as) Dick Mem...   Alfred, Bruce  
Wolf, Mosquito, Octopus   Alfred, Bruce  
Killer Whale   Alfred, Wayne  
Bird Form   Alfred, Bruce
Beaver   Alfred, Bruce  
Circle of Native Life   Cranmer, Kevin Daniel
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