Assu, Billy and Harry

ASSU, Billy, Kwakwaka'wakw chief (b 1867; d 1965). A fisher for most of his life, he became chief of the Cape Mudge (now We Wai Kai) Nation in 1891 when he was 24 years old. He built the first modern house in the village in 1894 and during the 1920s organized the replacement of all the traditional longhouses with modern housing (see ARCHITECTURE, ABORIGINAL). He bought the first gas fish boat at CAPE MUDGE, and during the Depression he helped to create the Pacific Coast Native Fishermen's...

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