Tseshaht First Nation
Tseshaht First Nation is an amalgamation of many tribes up and down Alberni Inlet and in the Alberni Valley of central Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. They are a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council which includes all other Nuu-chah-nulth-aht peoples except the Pacheedaht First Nation.
There are 1103 Tseshaht. The main reserve community is located in Port Alberni, British Columbia. They became the area's dominant tribe through historical warfare. The Tseshaht First nation is one of 14 that make up the Nuu-chah-nulth culture. Their language is a member of the Wakashan family.
Tseshaht oral history tells that their people were first created on Benson Island, British Columbia. In 2012 an interpretive display about the importance of the island was installed in cooperation with Parks Canada. The site is marked by a tall wooden carving by Tseshaht artist Gordon Dick.
- Alec Thomas born around 1894 near Alberni. He was a fisherman, trapper, longshoreman, logger, interpreter, and Tseshaht politician. 
- Sayachapis born circa 1838-1843. He was a prolific whaler and woodworker. Between 1913-1922, he was also one of the primary informants to Anthropologist/Linguist Edward Sapir for his extensive notes (known as the Sapir-Thomas Nootka texts) that were intended to provide an extensive ethnography on the cultural and social life of the Nuu Chah Nulth (Nootka) people. Tom Sayachapis died circa 1922.
- George Clutesi CM (1905-1988) actor, artist and writer
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "We are Tseshaht". Retrieved 2014-09-18.
- "First Nations Cultural Experiences: Broken Group Island Unit". Retrieved 2014-09-20.
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