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Kwakiutl Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Kwakiutl language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Kwakiutl tribe and their society. Please note that Kwakiutls and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Kwakiutl history is interesting and important, but the Kwakiutl Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Our Kwakiutl Websites

Kwak'wala Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Kwakiutl Indian language.
Kwakiutl Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Kwakiutl culture.
Kwakiutl Legends:
    Collection of Kwakiutl Indian legends and folktales.

Kwakiutl Tribal and Community Websites

Kwakiutl Indian Band:
    Official homepage of the Kwakiutl First Nation of British Columbia.
U'mista Cultural Society:
    Native Kwakwaka'wakw organization dedicated to traditional cultural preservation.

Kwakiutl Lifestyle and Tradition

    History, culture, interviews and photographs of the Kwakwaka'wakw people.
The Kwakiutl Tribe:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Kwakiutl Indians.
    History of the Kwakiutl people in Canada.
Canadian Peoples: Wakashans:
    Ethnography of the Kwakiutl and other Northwest Coast Natives.
Kwakiutl Native Americans:
    Article on Kwakiutl history and culture.
Central Coast First Nations House:
    Recreation of a 19th-century North Kwakiutl house.
Kwakiutl Legends:
    Collection of Kwakiutl Indian legends and folktales.
Kwakiutl Authors:
    Kwakiutl writers, their lives and work.
K'odi Nelson:
    Songs performed by a young Kwakwaka'wakw musician.
Northwest Coast Clothing * Kwakiutl Basket Hat * Indian Clothes: * Indian Hair:
    Pictures of traditional Kwakiutl and other Northwest Coast Indian clothing and hairstyles.
Kwakiutl Gambling Sticks * Kwakiutl Gambling Disks * Kwakiutl Archery Targets * Kwakiutl Box Drum:
    Kwakiutl toys, games, and musical instruments.
Transformation Mask:
    Pictures and descriptions of a carved Kwakwaka'wakw mask.
Cape Mudge House Posts * Sisiutl House Posts:
    Pictures and descriptions of Kwakiutl totem poles.
U'mista Potlatch Collections:
    Photographs from a special collection of Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch regalia.
Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage: Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl):
    Online exhibit of Kwakiutl artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Four Directions: Kwakiutl:
    Timeline and links about Kwakiutl history.

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Kwakiutl: Indians of British Columbia:
    Case study depicting life in the contemporary Kwakiutl tribe.
Smoke from Their Fires: The Life of a Kwakiutl Chief:
    Biography of an early 20th-century Kwakwakawakw chief.
Guests Never Leave Hungry:
    Autobiography by Kwakiutl Indian author James Sewid
First Nations Books:
    Evolving list of books about Kwakiutls and American Indians in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Kwakiutl People * Kwakwaka'wakw * Kwakiutl * Kwakwaka'wakw/Kwakiutl * Laich-kwil-tach: * Kwakiutl Tribe:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Kwakiutl tribes.
   Pueblo Kwakiutl * Los Kwakiutl * Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl):
   Information about the Kwakiutl tribe in Spanish.
  Peuples autochtones de la côte pacifique:
  Information about the Kwakiutl and other Northwest Coast First Nations in French.
   Kwak'wala * Kwakiutl Indian Tribe:
   Kwakiutl links.

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