Feature Type:Former First Nation Village - A place formerly inhabited by First Nations' people, with no current population or that is usually uninhabited.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Pronounced: KEE hin
Relative Location: SW side of Barkley Sound, between Bamfield and Cape Beale, Barclay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°48'47''N, 125°10'16''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92C/14

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Origin Notes and History:

Kiix-in (Former First Nation Village) adopted 1 April 2011, per the provisions of the Maa-nulth Treaty.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

Kiix-in was once the capital community or main village of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. "The Huu-ay-aht moved from Kiix-in the 1880s, and the village has been untouched ever since. There are remains of several traditional-style Huu-ay-aht bighouses still visible at Kiix-in that evoke memories of the proud achievements of generations of ancestors. Standing and lying on the ground are massive, hand-hewn posts and beams that speak volumes of the people who lived here. These are the only standing remains of an entire traditional Nuu-chah-nulth village in existence. The Huu-ay-aht are in the process of allowing tourism to Kiix-in, and this site is [being considered for designation] as a heritage site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada." (

Source: included with note

"This was the Capital or most important village of the Huu-ay-aht people - 5 longhouses stretched along the bluff here." and, "An archaeological dig may be able to date this. In another account, 'they go Kiix-in back.' The woman chief Ts'imaa-olth paddle to Kiix-in. Main village of the Huu-ay-aht people." (Huu-ay-aht Place Names in the Chief Louie Nookemus historial accounts, c1964, shared September 2009 in the context of the Maa-nulth First Nations Treaty.)

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"A bluff or promontory provided a measure of protection against invading tribes, although, according to legend, the inhabitants of Keeshan were wiped out on several occasions. Invading parties threw their victims over the cliff onto the rocks below, hence the name 'Execution Rock'. The sea has carved a hole right through this massive rock, and the sounds of water as it ebbs and flows through this cavern are strange and mysterious. Legends say that an upright shaft extended from this cavern to the top of the promontory, forming an escape route for beleagured defenders." (photos p.141, 252). See also The Story of Execution Rock (ibid, pp 253-6).

Source: Scott, R. Bruce; Barkley Sound: A History of Pacific Rim National Park; Fleming Press, Victoria, 1972