Topic: Kwakiutl

Bellabella Tribe

Bellabella Indians, Bellabella People, Bellabella First Nation (an Indian corruption of Milbank taken back into English). The popular mame of an important Kwakiutl tribe living on Milbank sound., British Cololumbia. Their septs or subtribes are Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Kokaitk Oetlitk Oealitk The following clans are given: Wikoktenok (Eagle) Koetenok (Raven) Halhaiktenole (Killerwhale) Pop. 330 in 1901. The language spoken by this tribe and shared also by the Kitamat, Kitlope, China Hat, and Wikeno Indians is a peculiar dialect of Kwakiutl, called Heiltsuk from the native name of the Bellabella. These tribes resemble each other furthermore in having a system of clans with descent through the, mother, derived probably , from their northern neighbors, while the Bellacoola and Kwakiutl to the south have paternal descent. Anciently the Bellabella here very warlike, a character largely attributable to the fact that they wore flanked on one side by the Tsimshian of Kittizoo and on the other by the Bellacoola, while war parties of Haida from the...

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Kwakiutl Indian Bands, Gens and Clans

Many tribes have sub-tribes, bands, gens, clans and phratry.  Often very little information is known or they no longer exist.  We have included them here to provide more information about the tribes. Gamgamtelatl. A gens of the Tenaktok, a Kwakiutl tribe. Guetela (northern people). A sept of the true Kwakiutl which formerly formed one tribe with the Komoyue, but separated on account of some quarrel. The clans are Maamtagyila, Kukwakum, Gyeksem, Laalaksentaio, and Sisintlae. They now live at Ft Rupert, Brit. Col. Guetela. A clan of the Wikeno, a Kwakiutl tribe. Gyagyilakya (G·ēg·g:ilak·a, always wanting to kill people). A gens of the Tsawatenok, a Kwakiutl tribe. Boas in Rep. Nat. Mus., 331, 1895. Gyekolekoa (G·ēg’ō′lgEoa). A gens of the Koskimo, a Kwakiutl tribe. Boas in Rep. Nat. Mus., 329, 1895. Gyeksem (chiefs). The principal gens in the following Kwakiutl tribes and septs: Koskimo, Nakomgyilisala, Tlatlasikoala, Nakoaktok, Guetela, Walaskwakiutl, Matilpe, Tenaktak, Hahuamis, and Wiwekae. Gyeksemsanatl (G·ē′xsEms’anaL, highest chiefs). A gens of the Koskimo, a Kwakiutl tribe. Boas in Rep. Nat. Mus., 329, 1895. Gyigyekemae (G·ī′g·Eqemaē, chiefs ). A gens of the Tsawatenok, a Kwakiutl tribe. Boas in Rep. Nat. Mus., 331, 1895. Gyigyilkam (those who receive first). A gens, or gentes, having the same name, in the following Kwakiutl tribes and septs: Wikeno, Tlatlasikoala, Goasila, Komoyue sept of the true Kwakiutl, Koeksotenok, Tlauitsis, Nimkish, Awaitlala, Guauaenok, Hahuamis, Wiwekae sept of...

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