List of Nuxalk villages

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This is a list of Nuxalk villages.

By 1953 there were only two bodies of Nuxalk left: The Kimsquit, on Dean Inlet; and the Bella Coola, at the mouth of Bella Coola River. Older writers speak of the Nuhalk, which was the name of the Bella Coola Valley; Talyumc, whose village at the head of South Bentinck Arm was abandoned about 1933; and the Noothlakamish on North Bentinck Arm, reported by Tolmie, and by Dawson in 1884.

Villages[edit]

(as given by McIlwraith, cited by John Swanton)

  • Aimats, north of Ahutskwakstl near the Peisela River.
  • Aketi, on the south side of the Dean River about 1 mile from the sea.
  • Anutlitlk, near the mouth of Dean River, still occupied.
  • Anutskwakstl, an eastern extension of Tlokotl.
  • Aseik, on a stream flowing into a bay at the southwest end of South Bentinck Arm.
  • Asenane, on the shore of a bay on the south side of the Bella Coola River.
  • Asktlta, at Salmon House on the Upper Dean River.
  • Atlklaktl, near the south bank of the Peisela River about ¼-mile from the sea.
  • Ikwink, on the Dean River 28 miles from the sea.
  • Kadis, on the east side of South Bentinck Arm, about ¼-mile from the Noieck River.
  • Kameik, on the west bank of the Necleetsconnay River about ¾-mile from the sea.
  • Kantkilsk, on the east side of South Bentinck Arm "slightly north of Bensins Island, which is opposite the hot springs on the west side of the fjord."
  • Koapk, on the east side of the mouth of a creek entering the head of South Bentinck Arm from the south.
  • Komkutis, the upper (eastern) continuation of Stskeitl.
  • Kwiliutl, on the north side of the Atnarko a few hundred yards above the forks.
  • Nuekmak, near some stagnant pools on the north side of Bella Coola River a short distance above Snoönikwilk.
  • Nuhwilst, on the shore of Dean Channel six miles from Satsk.
  • Nuiku, on a raised mound on South Bentinck Arm south of the mouth of the Noieck River.
  • Nukaakmats, on the north shore of the Bella Coola River about a mile above Tsilkt.
  • Nukits, on the south side of the Bella Coola River 11¼ miles from the sea.
  • Nuskapts, on the south bank of the Dean River about 25 miles from the sea.
  • Nuskek, on the shore of North Bentinck east of the creek that flows into it at Green Bay.
  • Nuskelst, on the north side of the Bella Coola River opposite the mountain of the same name.
  • Nutal, on the bank of the Dean River at the bottom of the canyon.
  • Nutltleik, 200 yards from the Bella Coola River on a creek flowing in from the north and about 31 miles from the sea.
  • Nutskwatlt, on the south side of the Dean River about 1¼-miles from the sea.
  • Okmikimik, at the present village of Hagensborg 11 miles from the sea.
  • Ososkpimk, on the north shore of the Bella Coola River about ½-mile above Aimats.
  • Satsk, at the mouth of the Kimsquit River.
  • Senktl, on the south side of the Bella Coola River opposite Tciktciktelpats.
  • Setlia, on the east side of South Bentinck Arm about ¼-mile from its junction with North Bentinck.
  • Siwalos, on the north side of the Dean River about 85 miles from the sea, where the trail to the Interior left the river valley.
  • Skomeltl, on the south side of the Bella Coola River about 3 miles from the sea.
  • Snoönikwilk, on a curving promontory on the south bank of the Bella Coola River about 4 miles from the sea.
  • Snutele, on the south bank of the Bella Coola River above Nukaakmats.
  • Snutlelelatl, on the north side of the Atnarko River about 10 miles from the forks.
  • Stskeitl, on the south bank of the Bella Coola River about ¼-mile from the sea.
  • Stuik (Stuie, on the point between the Atnarko and Whitewater (Talchako) Rivers, which join to form the Bella Coola.
  • Talio, on the west side of the mouth of the river, last location, which was frequently changed.
  • Tasaltlimk, on the shore of North Bentinck Arm west and north of the mouth of the Necleetsconnay.
  • Tciktciktelpats, some distance from the north bank of the Bella Coola River, the river course having changed.
  • Tlokotl, above Atlkaktl on the Peisela River.
  • Tsaotltmem, on the east side of South Bentinck Arm about 4 miles from Kankilst.
  • Tsilkt, on the north shore of the Bella Coola River above Tsomootl.
  • Tsomootl, the upper continuation of Skomeltl.

Boas (1898) gives also the following names, most of which are probably synonyms for some of the above:

  • Koatlna (Kwatna)
  • Nusatsem (Nusatsum)
  • Osmakmiketlp
  • Peisela
  • Sakta
  • Selkuta
  • Slaaktl
  • Sotstl
  • Tkeiktskune
  • Tskoakkane

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