Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w (Tsawataineuk)

The Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w people of Kingcome Inlet are part of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nations and their traditional language is Kwak̓wala. Their traditional home was and is Gwa'yi in Kingcome Inlet. There are approximately 500 members living off-reserve and 75 living on reserve in the village of Kingcome.1

The Tsawataineuk First Nation also belongs to the Musgamagw Tribal Council, which includes the Kwicksutaineuk First Nation, the Namgis First Nation and the Gwawaenuk First Nation.2

The story of the Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w ancestral wolf, Kawadilikala, the origin story of the Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w people, fills much of the artwork of prominent artists from this community. Included in the part of the collection are Francis Dick, Peter Dawson and Nelson Frank.

Part of the information below was sourced from the following pages:

1 First Peoples' Language Maps of British Columbia

2 Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council
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