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Pictographs, burial sites and shell meddens, to name a few sites offer a fasinating glimpls into

    Posted by: cherylyoung | October 21, 2010 (edit)

    Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish

    culture and history

    Historical Kingcome Inlet is an isolated fjord set

    against the breathtaking backdrop of great

    towering mountains, carved into the Coast

    Mountain Range of mainland British Columbia

    by the glaciers of the last ice age.

    Formerly known as the Kwakiutl, the

    Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations have lived here

    for thousands of years, a region with a history

    rich in native culture and heritage.

    Pictographs, burial sites, and shell middens

    on Harbledown, Village and Turnour Islands,

    to name only a few sites, offer a fascinating

    glimpse into Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish

    culture and history.

    The community of Kingcome Inlet is located

    at the head of the inlet, and two miles up the

    Kingcome River is the Tsawataineuk First

    Nation village of Kingcome.

    The Tsawataineuk

    (pronounced ‘tsa-wa-tay-nook’) belong to the

    Kwakwaka’wakw Indian group.

    This coastline features magnificent fjord-like

    inlets hosting several remote fishing lodges

    set in spectacular surroundings.

    The area is a true west coast adventure,

    teeming with wildlife, cascading waterfalls

    and waterslides, and steep mountain cliffs

    rising straight out of the sea.

    The vast wilderness area around Kingcome

    Inlet is an intricate maze of islands, channels,

    inlets, sounds, and straits, and includes

    Sutlej Channel, Hoya Sound, Tribune Channel,

    Bond Sound, Thompson Sound, Fife Sound, and

    numerous other sounds and channels.

    Islands immediately south of Kingcome Inlet,

    between the inlet and Vancouver Island,

    include Gilford Island, Village Island, Turnout

    Island, Minstrel Island, and Cracroft Island.

    At the mouth of Kingcome Inlet is the

    Broughton Archipelago, a wild array of small

    islands that form a marine park west of

    Gilford Island, the largest of the hundreds of

    islands, and home to the Kwicksutaineuk/

    Ah’kwaha’ First Nation.

    At the head of Kingcome Inlet is the Kingcome

    River, overhung with willows and alders.

    Kingcome Inlet was the setting for the powerful

    and poignant novel I Heard the Owl Call My

    Name, by Margaret Craven (1967).

    Craven describes the mystery and power of

    native life and tells the story of a dying

    Catholic priest sent by his bishop to Kingcome

    Village to work with the Tsawataineuk people.

    The bishop believes that the young priest will

    live a rewarding life till the end, and “learn

    enough of the meaning of life to be ready to die.”

    Missionary activity with the Kwakwaka’wakw at

    Kingcome Inlet was initiated by the Church

    Missionary Society mission station at Alert Bay

    on Vancouver Island as early as the 1890s.


    By the late 1920s the missionary work at

    Kingcome had been transferred to the

    Columbia Coast Mission.


    St. George’s Church was consecrated in 1938.


    Economic activities in the Kingcome Inlet

    area include commercial logging, fishing, and


    Location: Kingcome Inlet is accessible by private boat,
    water taxi, scheduled working freight service, and

    scheduled and charter floatplane.


    The village of Kingcome is located approximately

    290 km northwest of Vancouver.





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