Kwakwaka'wakw Settlements, 1775-1920

A Geographical Analysis and Gazetteer

Robert Galois

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  • Published: 2012
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 484 pp., 60 maps, bibliog., index, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

The Kwakwaka'wakw, speakers of the Kwak'wala language, lived on northern Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland of British Columbia long before the arrival of non-Natives. This important book, newly back in print, provides a geographic overview of the changing demography and settlement patterns of the Kwakwaka'wakw between 1775 and 1920 and is a reference guide to the location and use of Kwakwaka'wakw settlement sites. Robert Galois has utilized a vast quantity of unpublished archival data to show that much changed in the 150 years after contact, and he examines some of the consequences of the interaction of Native and non-Native peoples.

This book is an invaluable tool for anyone investigating documentary sources dealing with Native peoples in British Columbia and elsewhere. In places as environmentally diverse as British Columbia, such detailed regional analyses are essential in order to unravel the complexities of the contact process.
Robert Galois is an adjunct professor in theDepartment of Geography at the University of British Columbia.He has worked extensively with Aboriginal groups inBritish Columbia.
Maps, Tables, and Figures


Part 1: Language, Territory, and Settlements: Perspectives
on the Kwakwaka'wakw

Introductory Statement / Gloria Granmer

Webster Geography, Ethnogeography, and the Perspective of the
Kwakwaka'wakw / Gloria Cranmer Webster and Jay Powell

The Kwak'wala Language / Jay Powell

Kwakwaka'wakw Settlement Patterns, 1775-1920 / Robert

Part 2: Gazetteer of Kwakwaka'wakw Settlement Sites
(Including Kwakwaka'wakw Origin Narratives)

Introduction to the Gazetteer


Gilford Island Tribes

Knight Inlet Tribes

Kwakiutl Tribes

Lekwiltok Tribes

Nahwitti Tribes

Nimpkish Tribes

Northern Tribes Quatsino

Sound Tribes


1. Kwakwaka'wakw Population Data

2. Kwakwaka'wakw and Salish Territory, 1792: The Voyages of
Vancouver and Galiano

3. The Nahwitti Incidents of 1850 and 1851

4. Salmon Canneries Operating Kwakwaka'wakw Territory,

5. Index of Kwakwaka'wakw Place-names in U'mista Cultural