"Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw” means “the people who speak Kwak̓wala,” a group comprised of 17 distinct nations that hail from the north side of Vancouver Island, adjacent islands, and coastal mainland to the east. Formerly, the entire group was mistakenly called Kwakiutl.
Population: 7,718 (as of 2014) Language: Kwak̓wala, five dialects
From the Collections: Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw head ring
From the Collections: Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw transformation mask
George Hunt and Franz Boas
From the Collections: Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw dance apron
Then and Now
See from the Museum's collection of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw objects.