Chief Qua!quane

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Blue Heron (Chief Qwáq!wané)

I have many very old Smithsonian Institute books published in the early 1900s. In one of them, “Ethnology of the Kwakiutl”, there is a vocabulary listing. Qwáq!wané is the Kwakiutl translation for heron. When the Raven was conceived his mother feared that her brother would kill her child in a fit of jealousy, so she asked the Heron to raise her child and keep him safe until he was a young man and able to take care of himself.

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