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 Mama̱liliḵa̱la at ʼMimkwamlis or Village Island, the ʼNa̱mǥis at Xwa̱lkw or Cheslakees, the Ławitʼsis at Ḵaluǥwis or Turnour Island, the A̱wa̱ʼetła̱la at Dzawadi or Knight Inlet, the Da̱ʼnaxdaʼx̱w at Tsadzisʼnukwameʼor New Vancouver, the Maʼa̱mtagila at Iʼtsika̱n or Estekin, the Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w at Gwa'yi or Kingcome Inlet, the Ḵwikwa̱sutinux̱ at G̱waʼyasda̱ms or Gilford Island, Gwawa'wnuxw at Heǥa̱m's or Hopetown, the ʼNakʼwaxdaʼx̱w at Ba'as or Blunden Harbour, the Gwa'sala at Tak'us or Smiths Inlet, the Gusgimukw at X̱wa̱tis or Quatsino, the Gwatʼsinux̱w at Oyag̱a̱ḿla or Winter Harbour, the Tłatła̱siḵwa̱la at Xwa̱mdasbeʼor 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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