Mike Cleven ironmtn at BIGFOOT.COM
Sat Mar 13 02:07:35 UTC 1999

At 09:38 AM 3/11/99 +0100, Henry Kammler wrote:
>> Is there any relevant etymological connection between "klokwally" or
>> "klookwalli" for the wolf dance, and klickwillie (sp? - maybe I've not got
>> the word quite right) for "brass things, rings, ornaments"?
>> Mike Cleven
>Probably not. The "Wolf Dance" is the the month-long winter ceremonial of the
>Kwakiutl (dlhugwala), Nootkans (tlukwaana / tlukwaala), Makah and Quileute
>(tlukwaali). It probably originated among the Kwakiutl and was central to the
>yearly ceremonial round. Rings do occur, as head ornaments and shoulderrings
>made from cedar bark, but this is not a feature exclusive to this ceremonial.
>It would have taken quite a bit of semantic extension to turn this word's
>meaning into "brass rings".
>Where was this "klickwillie" used?

I took time out to look through my own website (~!) because I'd forgotten
the spellings.  Shaw gives "klikwallie" and "klokewallie" and there's
somewhere I remember something like "kalakhwalie" noted as
similar/different to/from kalakhwatie in whichever source), and the
definition I remember is either brass (or presumably any yellow metal other
than gold) or gold rings and ringlets (Shaw: "an armlet or bracelet of
brass wire").  Maybe it was product-specific, in the same way one of the
sources (?) mentions that "camosun/camosack" referred only to the
good-quality HBC beads.  I'm curious about the history of brass in the
region, though - iron smelting was known here for centuries, but is it for
certain that brass was unknown here before naval contact?  Copper's pretty
common, and smelting was known.....??

Mike Cleven
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