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Kwakiutl

[kwah-kee-oot-l]
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noun
  1. a member of a North American Indian people of Vancouver Island and the adjacent British Columbian coast.
  2. the language of the Kwakiutl, a Wakashan language.
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Examples from the Web for kwakiutl

Historical Examples

  • The northern Kwakiutl are divided, says Dr. Boas, into "septs" and "clans."

    Method in the Study of Totemism

    Andrew Lang

  • These are the Kwakiutl Indians, who did not at first respond to the advances of civilization so readily as most northern tribes.

    Alaska

    Ella Higginson

  • South of these are the Kwakiutl, with descent wavering in a curious fashion between the male and female systems.

  • Even among the Kwakiutl, in their transitional state, the totem mark now is "in many cases a crest."

  • Further south than the Tsimshian dwell the Kwakiutl, of whom the most southerly are called "the Kwakiutl proper."


British Dictionary definitions for kwakiutl

Kwakiutl

noun
  1. plural -utl or -utls a member of a North American Indian people of N Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Wakashan family
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