The Nuu-chah-nulth are from the western side of Vancouver Island, comprised of 14 communities with language, family, and cultural affinities, including a traditional practice of whaling. Historical signs in this hall refer to them as “Nootka,” a misnomer used by Captain James Cook after his 1778 visit to the area.
Population: Approximately 9,500 (as of 2014) Language: Nuu-chah-nulth, three dialects
FROM THE COLLECTIONS: Nuu-chah-nulth headdress
FROM THE COLLECTIONS: Nuu-chah-nulth fish rattle
FROM THE COLLECTIONS: Nuu-chah-nulth shell rattle
See more of the Museum's collection of Nuu-chah-nulth objects.