- 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.
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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.Alaska
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."
- plural -utl or -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