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The Kwakwaka'wakw led by Willie Seaweed is a custom civilization mod by Urdnot, with contributions from RawSasquatch, TopHatPaladin, Chrisy15, DarthKyofu, Arilasqueto and Zharques. It is part of the Kings of the Wild Frontier event.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Kwakwakaʼwakw[]

The Kwakwaka'wakw, also known as the Kwakiutl, are Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Their traditional territory is northern Vancouver Island, nearby smaller islands including the Discovery Islands, and the adjacent British Columbia mainland. They are politically organized into 13 band governments. Their language consists of four dialects of what is commonly referred to as Kwak'wala.

Kwakwaka'wakw oral history says their ancestors came in the forms of animals by way of land, sea, or underground. When one of these ancestral animals arrived at a given spot, it discarded its animal appearance and became human. Animals that figure in these origin myths include the Thunderbird, his brother Kolas, the seagull, orca, grizzly bear, or chief ghost. Some ancestors have human origins and are said to come from distant places. Historically, the Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw economy was based primarily on fishing, with the men also engaging in some hunting, and the women gathering wild fruits and berries. Ornate weaving and woodwork were important crafts, and wealth, defined by slaves and material goods, was prominently displayed and traded at potlatch ceremonies. In contrast to most non-native societies, wealth and status were not determined by how much you had, but by how much you had to give away. This act of giving away your wealth was one of the main acts in a potlatch.

The first documented contact was with Captain George Vancouver in 1792. Disease, which developed as a result of direct contact with European settlers along the West Coast of Canada, drastically reduced the Indigenous Kwakwaka'wakw population during the late 19th-early 20th century, dropping by 75 percent from 1830 to 1880, much of which can be attributed to smallpox. Much like other Canadian aboriginals, they were subject to the residential school system.

When the Canadian government was focused on assimilation of First Nations, it made the potlatch a target of activities to be suppressed. In 1885, the Indian Act was revised to include clauses banning the potlatch and making it illegal to practise. Eventually the Act was amended, expanded to prohibit guests from participating in the potlatch ceremony. The Kwakwaka'wakw were too numerous to police, and the government could not enforce the law. Duncan Campbell Scott convinced Parliament to change the offence from criminal to summary. The ban was eventually overturned. Sustaining the customs and culture of their ancestors, in the 21st century the Kwakwaka'wakw openly hold potlatches to commit to the revival of their ancestors' ways. The frequency of potlatches has increased as occur frequently and increasingly more over the years as families reclaim their birthright.

Willie Seaweed[]

Willie Seaweed (1873–1967), also known as Hilamas, was a Kwakwaka'wakw chief and wood carver from Canada. Considered a master indigenous artist who is remembered for his technical artistic style and protection of traditional native ceremonies during the Canadian potlatch ceremony ban. Today, Seaweed's work can be found in cultural centers and corporations, art museums, natural history museums, and private collections. Some pieces are still in use by the Nak'waxda'xw tribe.

Dawn of Man[]

The time has come to freely practice the Potlach, Willie Seaweed, Hilamas, Kwakwaka'wakw chief and revered artist among your people. Defying the authorities, you were taught in your people’s ways of culture, art and language. As the chief of your tribe, you were a source of historical knowledge, a ceremonial leader, and a distributor of wealth. Your career was hampered by a ban on the potlatch ceremony by the Canadian government, however, you continued anyway, despite your art being considered illegal. A pillar of the community, your actions in continuing to practice your customs saved them from being forgotten in history, as you continued to carry the torch of preserving traditional Kwakwaka'wakw culture.

Seaweed scene

Leaderscreen by Urdnot

Willie Seaweed, the time has come again to be the torchbearer for the customs of the Kwakwaka'wakw. It is a time of great distress for you people, and they desire another creative spirit such as yourself to aid in carrying the old ways into the future. So open up your copper houses and join your people for another Potlach. Can you expand upon your cultural and artistic legacy? Will you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Rest easy, wayfarer. I am Hilamas, but some know me by the name of Willie Seaweed. Welcome to Tigwaxsti."

Defeat: "Your future generations will never forgive you when they learn the extent of your crimes."

Unique Attributes[]

The Kwakwaka'wakw (Willie Seaweed)

Art by Urdnot

Lands of Supernatural Treasure

Greatwork Great Works reduce the cost of purchasing in all cities, and provide Food Food equal to their theming bonus. While below 100 Gold Gold, animal resources increase the generation of Greatperson Great Artists, Writers and Musicians.


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Hamatsa Dancer (Scout)
  • May remove animal resources in exchange for XP.
  • If destroyed, provides Greatperson Great Artist points based on its level.

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Copper House (Amphitheater)
  • May only be purchased, though may be bought multiple times.
  • Provides a random animal resource when built for the first time, but distributes your gold to all met Civilizations. After this, the cost of future Potlach's increases, while the chance of receiving a resource decreases.
City List
  1. Tigwaxsti
  2. Tsaxis
  3. Mimkumlis
  4. Xwalkw
  5. Kalugwis
  6. Dzawadi
  7. Tzatsisnukomi
  8. Itsikan
  9. Gwa'yi
  10. Gwa'yasdams
  11. Hegam's
  12. Ba'a's
  13. Kitamaat
  14. Takus
  15. Quatsino
  16. Xwamdasbe'
  17. Ceqweiuten
  18. Yamataxw
  19. Wiwekam
  20. Nahwitti
  21. Tsala Adi
  22. Metap
  23. Ni'nalkinuxw
  24. Madilbe
  25. Nimpkish
  26. Mamalilikala
  27. Guskimukw
  28. Tlatlasikwala
  29. Nakamgalisala
  30. Da'naxda'xw
Spy List
  • Quesilad
  • O'waxalagalis
  • Sisiutl
  • Mungothar
  • Dzunukwa
  • Kumugwe
  • Qaniqilak
  • Kolus
  • U'Melth
  • Bakwas



Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 1 September 2021


  • Urdnot: Creator, Art
  • RawSasquatch: Core Code, UB Icon
  • TopHatPaladin: Lua
  • Chrisy15: Lua
  • Arilaqueto: Civ Icon & Colours
  • DarthKyofu: Civ Icon & Colours
  • Zharques: DOM Text, Civilopedia entries
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