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Bella Bella

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Bella Bella


Used to refer specifically to the material works of the Heiltsuk people that inhabit the village of Bella Bella, British Columbia. Often used erroneously to refer to the Heiltsuk people themselves. To describe material culture common to the Heiltsuk language speaking people in general, "Heiltsuk" is preferred. Note that scholarship as recent as 1998 uses "Bella Bella" to refer to the Heiltsuk people, or a sub-group therein. "Bella Bella Indians" is a term dating from ca. 1834 and is not based on aboriginal self-determination.


Bellabella Indians


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