KWAKWAKA'WAKW ( ) (Kwakiutl, or Kwagiulth) are a WAKASHAN First Nations people on northern VANCOUVER ISLAND, the adjacent mainland coast and the islands between. They speak the Kwakwala language (Kwakwaka'wakw means "those who speak Kwakwala") and share a cultural orientation to the sea. The people were organized socially in small family groups, called numayms. Each numaym had its own chief, resource sites, crests and privileges. Several numayms from an area congregated in a tribe that might...

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