The traditional territory of the Heiltsuk is on the central coast of British Columbia near the town of Bella Bella, including many islands, inlets and valleys. In the Northwest Coast Hall, the Heiltsuk culture is grouped within the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw culture because they speak a related language. But the two are distinct nations.
Population: 2,245 (as of 2014) Language: Hailhzaqvla
IN HEILTSUK TERRITORY
FROM THE COLLECTIONS: Heiltsuk Chief of the Ghosts mask
STEWARDSHIP OF THE LAND
See more from the Museum's collection of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw objects, which contains some Heiltsuk items.