90 Miles From Tyranny : A Kwakiutl Wedding In British Columbia In 1914

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Kwakiutl Wedding In British Columbia In 1914

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The Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw[1][2] (IPA: [kʷäkʷɑkɑʔwäkʷ])[3] are a Pacific Northwest Coast Indigenous people. Their population is approximately 5,500 people living in British Columbia on northern Vancouver Island and the adjoining mainland and islands around Johnstone Strait and Queen Charlotte Strait, as well as outside their homelands in urban areas such as Victoria, B.C., and Vancouver, B.C..
Their language, now spoken by less than 5% of the population (about 250 people), consists of four dialects of what is commonly referred to as Kwak'wala. These dialects are Kwak̓wala, ’Nak̓wala, G̱uc̓ala and T̓łat̓łasik̓wala.[4] The name Kwakwaka'wakw translates as "The-Kwak̓wala-Speaking-People". Numerous tribes form the Kwakwaka'wakw, with each tribe constituting their own people or nation. They are today politically organized into 13 band governments. They have historically been named after the Kwakiutl /ˈkwɑːkjʊtəl/, or Kwagu'ł, one of the Kwakwaka'wakw 


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