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[kwah-kee-oot-l] /ˌkwɑ kiˈut l/
a member of a North American Indian people of Vancouver Island and the adjacent British Columbian coast.
the language of the Kwakiutl, a Wakashan language. Unabridged
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  • The northern Kwakiutl are divided, says Dr. Boas, into "septs" and "clans."

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

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  • 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."

  • The main arguments for original paternal descent among the Kwakiutl are three in number.

  • The form taken by the maternal inheritance of rank, privileges, etc., among the Kwakiutl points in the same direction.

  • I now come to give my own opinion as to the ways in which Kwakiutl totemism may have attained its existing peculiarities.

  • Dr. Boas believed that the Kwakiutl were passing from maternal to paternal descent.

British Dictionary definitions for Kwakiutl


(pl) -utl, -utls. a member of a North American Indian people of N Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland
the language of this people, belonging to the Wakashan family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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