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Kwakwaka'wakw Settlements, 1775-1920
A Geographical Analysis and Gazetteer
Robert Galois  

$49.95 Paperback
Release Date: 9/1/2012
ISBN: 9780774824767    

484 Pages

World rights except United States.


About the Book

The Kwakwaka'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-Natives. This book provides a geographic overview of the changing demography and settlement patterns of the Kwakwaka'wakw between 1775 and 1920 and is a reference guide to the location and use of Kwakwaka'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 Robert Galois has utilized a vast quantity of unpublished archival data to show that much changed in the 150 years after contact, and he examines some of the consequences of the interaction of Native and non-Native peoples.

This book is an invaluable resource tool for anyone investigating documentary sources dealing with Native 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.

About the Author(s)

Robert Galois does contact work and research for a number of Native organizations.

Table of Contents

Maps, Tables, and Figures

Part 1: Language, Territory, and Settlements: Perspectives on the Kwakwaka'wakw

Introductory Statement / Gloria Granmer Webster
Geography, Ethnogeography, and the Perspective of the Kwakwaka'wakw / Gloria Cranmer Webster and Jay Powell
The Kwak'wala Language / Jay Powell
Kwakwaka'wakw Settlement Patterns, 1775-1920 / Robert Galois

Part 2: Gazetteer of Kwakwaka'wakw Settlement Sites (Including Kwakwaka'wakw Origin Narratives)

Introduction to the Gazetteer
Gilford Island Tribes
Knight Inlet Tribes
Kwakiutl Tribes
Lekwiltok Tribes
Nahwitti Tribes
Nimpkish Tribes
Northern Tribes
Quatsino Sound Tribes

1. Kwakwaka'wakw Population Data
2. Kwakwaka'wakw and Salish Territory, 1792: The Voyages of Vancouver and Galiano
3. The Nahwitti Incidents of 1850 and 1851
4. Salmon Canneries Operating Kwakwaka'wakw Territory, 1881-1929
5. Index of Kwakwaka'wakw Place-names in U'mista Cultural Centre Orthography



While many titles promise more than the book delivers, this one is much more than its title claims. Hidden in Galois’s gazette entries is a major contribution to the understanding of Aboriginal history, geography, and Aboriginal-non-Aboriginal relations. . . . Galois has done the most detailed demographic reconstruction of a single West Coast cultural group yet in print. As a work of historical geography, a tour de force.

- John Lutz, The Canadian Historical Review

This book is a terribly important work. . . a book that is extraordinary on its own terms.

- Douglas Cole, BC Studies

Robert Galois has produced a highly detailed reference guide summarizing the dynamic settlement history of the Kwakw aka’wakw. Galois does a remarkable job of portraying Kwakwaka’wakw geography during the period under study. He deftly structures complex sequences of land settlement patterns among more than thirty distinct Kwak’wala-speaking groups living along the Queen Charlotte Strait. Overall, I found Galois’ book to be informative and well crafted. Kwakwaka’wakw Settlements, 1775-1920 will serve as an important example to other scholars hoping to organize and publish materials relating to historical native occupancy of particular landscapes. It merits a place on the reference shelf of anyone doing in-depth research in Native American ethnogeography. Many such projects could profit by using this book as a model.

- Randy J. Bertolas, American Indian Culture and Research Journal

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Aboriginal Studies
BC Studies
BC Studies > Native Studies

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