The Makah are commonly located around the Olympic Peninsula of Washington with their reserve in the town of Neah Bay. The Makah are known to themselves as the Qʷidiččaʔa·tx̌ or Qwiqwidicciat, meaning 'people of the cape'. As a people on the coastal areas of the Pacific Ocean, the Makah are a great whaling people. Whaling provides and provided one of the key sources of wealth in the community and every part of the mammal is used, from the bones to the blubber. Makah traditional territory is located near the Juan de Fuca and includes the islands of Waadah, Tatoosh, Ozette and lake Ozette islands, Canon Ball, and the Bodeltas. 1
The Makah language is closely related to its northern neighbor, Nuučaan̓uɫ or Nuu-chah-nulth and it is part of the Southern Wakashan (or Nootkan) languages. 2
The University of Victoria's Art Collections houses three known Makah baskets.