Usaq

Feature Type:Bight - Water area in a broad indentation of the shoreline.
Status: Lookup the official name
Relative Location: W end Johnstone Strait, SE of Telegraph Cove, Rupert Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°29'16"N, 126°35'34"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 92L/7

Origin Notes and History:

Translation: "gray haired", referring to the appearance of burnt or dead trees. The name has also been written us'akw. This was a place of origin and an old village site, utilized as a fishing station by the Tlawitsis, Talitli and Komkiutis. According to Boas, this was a place of origin for the Komkiutis. At the 1914 McKenna-McBride hearings, both the Matilpi and the Tlawitsis claimed this location; oral history and documentary souces suggest that there was a shifting of territorial boundaries in this area in the late 1800s - early 1900s.

Source: Museum at Campbell River (spring 2001)

Published references to this site (including maps): Boas, Franz, "Geographical Names of the Kwakiutl Indians" Columbia University Contributions to Anthropology 20, New York, 1934 (map 11/6); and Galois, Robert, "Kwakwaka'wakw Settlements, 1775 - 1920: A geographical analysis and Gazeteer" UBC Press, Vancouver, 1994 (maps Mt 19, Tt 15).

Source: Museum at Campbell River (spring 2001)