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Kwakiutl Legends

Kwakiutl Legends


The stories in this book relate the traditional tales which Mr. James Wallas has learned from his elders who lived in Quatsino Sound and on Hope Island. Mr. Wallas's forefathers are members of a people known generally as the Kwakiutl, although the term is misleading because it originally referred to a subgroup living at Fort Rupert. The Kwakiutl inhabit an area which stretches from Campbell River to Quatsino Sound, and from various inlets of mainland B.C. to Smiths Inlet. Today most of them live on reserves near towns, maintaining some remote villages for food preparation and preserving during the spring, summer and fall.

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