Kwakwaka'wakw

The Kwakwaka'wakw are those peoples who speak the Kwak'wala language or belong to one of the many Kwakwaka'wakw Nations. Many members reside on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island, the neighboring islands and mainland areas, although others may live in larger cosmopolitan centres across British Columbia and North America. The Kwakwaka'wakw people are made up of many Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations, tribes and clans. Some tribes have disappeared, including A̱ʼwa̱ʼetła̱la, Nakamgalisala, and the Yutlinux. 1

There are many tribes included in the Kwakwaka'wakw family. They include Kwaguʼł at Tsaxis or Fort Rupert, the Mamaliliḵa̱la at 'Mimkwamlis or Village Island, the ʼNa̱mg̱is at Xwa̱lkw or Cheslakees, the Ławitsis at Ḵalug̱wis or Turnour Island, the A̱ʼwa̱ʼetła̱la at Dzawadi or Knight Inlet, the Da̱ʼnaxdaʼx̱w at Tsadzis'nukwame'or New Vancouver, the Maʼa̱mtagila at Itsika̱n or Estekin, the Dzawa̱da̱ʼenux̱w at Gwaʼyi or Kingcome Inlet, the Ḵwiḵwa̱sut̓inux̱w at G̱waʼyasda̱ms or Gilford Island, Gwawa̱ʼenux̱w at Heg̱a̱mʼs or Hopetown, the ʼNak̕waxdaʼx̱w at Baʼaʼs or Blunden Harbour, the Gwaʼsa̱la at T̓a̱kus or Smiths Inlet, the G̱usgimukw at X̱wa̱tis or Quatsino, the Gwat̕sinux̱w at Oyag̱a̱ḿla or Winter Harbour, the Tłatła̱siḵwa̱la at Xwa̱mdasbeʼ or Hope Island, the Weḵaʼyi at Tʼsa̱kwa̱ʼluta̱n or Cape Mudge, and the Wiweḵʼa̱m at Tłaʼmataxw or Campbell River. 2

All below was sourced from the following pages:

1 The U'Mista Cultural Society http://www.umista.org/kwakwakawakw/index.php

2 The U'Mista Cultural Society http://www.umista.org/kwakwakawakw/tribes.php
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