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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kwakiutl

Historical Examples of kwakiutl

  • 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.


    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



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
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