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Featured Article: Kwakwaka'wakw

Wawadit'la, also known as Mungo Martin House, a Kwakwaka'wakw "big house," with totem pole.
The Kwakwaka'wakw (also Kwakiutl) are a Pacific Northwest coast people. Kwakwaka'wakw translates into "Kwak'wala speaking tribes," describing the original 17 tribes within their nation who originally spoke the Kwak'wala language. They live in British Columbia on northern Vancouver Island and the mainland, and number approximately 5,500.

Their society was highly stratified, with several classes: Nobles and aristocrats, commoners, and slaves. Their lifestyle was based primarily on fishing, with the men also engaging in hunting, and the women gathering wild fruits and berries. Ornate woodwork was an important craft, used in carving totem poles and ceremonial masks as well as the more practical canoes. Wealth, defined by numbers of slaves as well as material goods, was prominently displayed and exchanged at potlatch ceremonies.

After contact with outsiders, their numbers were drastically reduced by disease, and their lifestyle forcibly changed in efforts to "Christianize" and "civilize" them. Notably, the potlatch was banned for many years. In contemporary times, the Kwakwaka'wakw have been active in the revitalization of their culture and language, and their artwork, particularly the totem poles, has been recognized and widely appreciated.

Popular Article: Sushi

Several types of sushi
Prominent in Japanese cuisine, sushi is a food made of vinegared rice balls combined with various toppings or fillings, which are most commonly seafood and can also include meat, vegetables, mushrooms, or eggs. Sushi toppings may be raw, cooked, or marinated.

Sushi has become increasingly popular in the Western world, and chefs have invented many variations incorporating Western ingredients and sauces together with traditional Japanese ingredients.