Posted by: cherylyoung | October 12, 2013

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