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The Kwakiutl /ˈkwɑːkjʊtəl/ are a tribe of the Kwakwaka'wakw people historically centered on the coast of British Columbia. There are about 700 living Kwakiutls. Like other Pacific Northwest tribes, they are known for the potlatch, a ritual gift-giving ceremony.
Anthropologist Franz Boas used the name Kwakiutl to refer to an ethno-linguistic group of 28 tribes. It came from the name of the tribe that Boas did most of his work with, the Kwagu'ł or Kwagyeulth, at Fort Rupert. The name was widely used into the 1970s and remains current in languages other than English. However, it is now considered a misnomer by most of the peoples it is applied to; they prefer to be called the Kwakwaka'wakw, which means Kwak'wala-speaking-peoples. One exception is the Laich-kwil-tach at Campbell River; they are known as the Southern Kwakiutl, and the tribal council they are in is the Kwakiutl District Council.
The Kwakiutls participated in dances in which people would wear masks and costumes and tell ancient stories. 
Nakoaktok chiefs daughter, seated on a blanket-covered board supported by two wooden carved images representing her slaves
Kwakwaka'wakw figure from British Columbia, 19th century
- "Kwakiutl (people) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Britannica.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "Cannibal Dances in the Kwakiutl World - Canadian Journal for Traditional Music". Retrieved 2013-01-05.
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