The Kwakwa ka 'wakw, speakers of the Kwak'wala language, lived in northern Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland of British Columbia long before the arrival of non-Aboriginals. This important book, newly back in print, provides a geographic overview of the changing demography and settlement patterns of the Kwakwa ka 'wakw between 1775 and 1920 and is a reference guide to the location and use of Kwakwa ka 'wakw settlement sites. Robert Galois has utilized a vast quantity of unpublished archival data to show that much changed in the 150 years after contact, and he examines some of the consequences of the interaction of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.
This book is an invaluable resource tool for anyone investigating documentary sources dealing with Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia and elsewhere. In places as environmentally diverse as British Columbia, such detailed regional analyses are essential in order to unravel the complexities of the contact process.
Robert Galois is an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal groups in British Columbia.
Maps, Tables, and Figures Acknowledgments Part 1: Language, Territory, and Settlements: Perspectives on the Kwakwa ka 'wakw Introductory Statement / Gloria Granmer Webster Geography, Ethnogeography, and the Perspective of the Kwakwa ka 'wakw / Gloria Cranmer Webster and Jay Powell The Kwak'wala Language / Jay Powell Kwakwa ka 'wakw Settlement Patterns, 1775-1920 / Robert Galois Part 2: Gazetteer of Kwakwa ka 'wakw Settlement Sites (Including Kwakwa ka 'wakw Origin Narratives) Introduction to the Gazetteer Abbreviations Gilford Island Tribes Knight Inlet Tribes Kwakiutl Tribes Lekwiltok Tribes Nahwitti Tribes Nimpkish Tribes Northern Tribes Quatsino Sound Tribes Appendices 1. Kwakwa ka 'wakw Population Data 2. Kwakwa ka 'wakw and Salish Territory, 1792: The Voyages of Vancouver and Galiano 3. The Nahwitti Incidents of 1850 and 1851 4. Salmon Canneries Operating Kwakwa ka 'wakw Territory, 1881-1929 5. Index of Kwakwa ka 'wakw Place-names in U'mista Cultural Centre Orthography Bibliography Index