By Christopher-Mrs Kluch's class
The Kwakiutl tribe lived in the cost of the Pacific Ocean in what is now Canada they also lived in the thick forests, mountains and oceans there were rainy wet forests and warm summers some available resources were cedar trees,fish,berries,water,sea animals,and forest animals.What they used the most was cedar trees they used the cedar trees for Arts and Crafts and also Shelter.
The Kwakiutl tribe had long houses and the long houses were made from cedar trees and also the long houses were up to 60 feet tall. Because the houses were so long their would be 3-4 families that would share a house. Each of the family would get it's own space and have its own cooking fire. The long houses were built close together facing the ocean to respect.The Kwakiutl split logs into thin boards to make walls and the roof.Some roof boards could be moved to let smoke out of the house so it does not burn on fire.The Kwakiutl used cedar trees for the roof and the thin boards for the walls.
The Kwakiutl ate lots of fish such as trout and salmon they also ate big and small sea food like clams and other food the Kwakiutl tribe also ate plants. The Kwakiutl tribe is best at fishing and the Kwakiutl did not only like fish they loved salmon the most. They caught fish using spears, nets,and hooks they made it out of wood, bone,or horns.
Arts and Crafts
People that carved totem poles were important people in the family. Men carved and women were weavers. A animal on the totem pole is a important person in the family. The totem poles are up to 70 feet tall. Canoe's were an important craft made from cedar trees they are panted and caved when it is finished . Canoes were up to 50 feet long and could hold about 40 people it is difficult to make a canoe because it has a many of steps. The Kwakiutl tribe also made masks as a Arts and Crafts.
Religion,Beliefs, and Customs
The Kwakiutl believed that all things in nature are to help each other. They celebrated many ceremonies such as weddings, birth,etc and the ceremonies were full of feasting dancing, story telling, and singing, and totem pole raising Totem pole raising is done for special events. The families speech maker would tell stories about the families past using the totem pole to remind him. The speech maker wore special clothes when he told a story about the families history. The Kwakiutl had lots of ceremonies in the winter because they did not have to hunt since they had saved food from Summer. They respected salmon by saving their bones and returned the bones were they caught them so they could grow new bodies . The Kwakiutl cared so much about nature they took what was needed and gave back they could.