Kwakwaka’wakw (kwok-wok-ya-wokw) people have many sacred ceremonies to protect, nurture, and uplift their spirits. A potlatch is a time for ceremony and community. What kinds of community gatherings and ceremonies do you participate in?
Written by Sally Williams is from the Gwawa’enuxw First Nation located within the Kwakwaka’wakw Territory in British Columbia.
Educator & Series Information
Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).
A Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch 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.