Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw Indians of Vancouver Island

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    • The domestic life of the Kwakwaka’wakw illustrates the importance of wood and bark in the everyday life of the Kwakwaka’wakw. On the right, a man is cooking food by dropping hot stones into a watertight cooking vessel. The second man is painting a box which might used for storing clothes and household utensils.

      One of the women is shredding cedarbark against the edge of a paddle. The bark will then be made into mats, bags, baskets, and ropes. Another woman is weaving a mat of cedarbark, a third is curing fish, the major food of the Kwakwaka’wakw, over a fire. All of the figures wear robes of cedarbark.

      The elongated heads of some of the figures result from artificial shaping in infancy.

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