Caribou Hide

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Relative Location: E side Spatsizi Plateau, just NW of Metsantan Lake, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 57°27'00''N, 127°33'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 94E/5
Related Maps: 94E
94E/5

Origin Notes and History:

Cariboo Hide (settlement) adopted 25 November 1944 on 94/SW, as labelled on BC maps 1A and 1H, both 1933 (file F.1.44); "Caribou Hide (settlement) not Metsantan (settlement)" confirmed 17 January 1952 on 94 E. Name rescinded 15 June 1982.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"...(Caribou Hide)...is the white man's name for Metsantan, now also used by the Indians." (P.M. Monckton, BCLS, 1933) "Locality is now deserted - no inhabitants, and the roofs are caving in on the few buildings remaining. (K. Bridge, BCLS, 1969)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"....Tommy Walker in his book, 'Spatsizi', notes 'other Indians referred to the Sekanis as the Caribou Hide people, which accounts for the name of Caribou Hide...the site of their first settlement'."

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997

The Sekani name for this place is Wadzih Zùs, meaning "Caribou Hide (village)" (Guzagi K'úgé, published by Kaska Tribal Council, Watson Lake, 1997).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office