Sgamagunt

Feature Type:Site - A named place that has historic, geographic or folkloric significance.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Pronounced: SKA ma-guunt
Relative Location: E side of mouth of the Bear River, at Stewart, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 55°56'05''N, 129°58'10''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 103P/13

Origin Notes and History:

Formerly Scamakounst Indian Reserve 19, Kincolith Band. Extinguished per Nisga'a Treaty and transferred to fee-simple interest: Lot 7222 Cassiar Land District. Name changed to Sgamagunt (site) per Nisga'a Treaty, Appendix F-3, effective 11 May 2000.

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

Sgamagunt [refers] to the whole Bear valley. The name is found in Wilson Duff's files: "the head of"; "the whole flat of the river". [T]xaamagoonskw: [T]xaa / all (of), entire...; magoon / head or source (of a tributary); magoonskw / (referred to as) head or source of.... that is, the entire valley referred to as the head of [Portland Canal]. (Sometimes a name may be pronounced differently simply for the sake of aesthetics or creativity - to make it unique.)

Source: Nisga'a Tribal Council / Ayuukhl Nisga'a Department, Aiyansh BC

see also "Stewart"

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