Hereditary chiefs and matriarchs are important people within the Kwakwaka’wakw (kwok-wok-ya-wokw) culture. They are both powerful and respected positions held within the community. Are there some important people within your community?
Written by Sally Williams, Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl), Gwawaenuk, and illustrated by Lou-ann Neel, Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl).
Educator & Series Information
Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).
Hereditary Chiefs and Matriarchs is part of the Strong Stories: Kwakwaka’wakw series. Strong Stories focus on different First Nation territories from across Canada and the United States. These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.