Nuxalk

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    • The Nuxalk are referred to in the hall as the Bella Coola.

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Fishing

Fishing

Fishing provided the basic food of the Nuxalk.

Hunting

Hunting

Land mammals, though common in Nuxalk territory, were unimportant as a source of food.

Household gear

Household gear

The cedar tree furnished the two basic raw materials of the Nuxalk wood and bark.

Nuxalk Masks

Nuxalk Masks

These masks represent supernatural beings and were worn by dancers who performed in the winter ceremonies of the Nuxalk.

Ceremonial Costume

Ceremonial Costume

Numerous paraphernalia, in addition to masks, were required for the winter ceremonies of the Nuxalk.

Nuxalk Winter ceremonies

Nuxalk Winter ceremonies

In Nuxalk winter ceremonies, lasting four nights, dancers wearing masks of supernatural beings danced, sang, and enacted dramas based on tribal myths.