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    Origin of place name: The Lekwiltok village of Yaculta, whose occupants are known as the We-wai-kai, is often referred to locally as Cape Mudge. According to the Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, "This area was visited by Captain George Vancouver and naturalist Archibald Menzies in 1792, when it was home to the Northern Coast Salish people, who occupied a village just to the south of present day Yaculta. In the mid-1800s, the Lekwiltok, who are a branch of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation…moved from Knight Inlet and gained control of the region. The name Yaculta, which is an anglicized form of Lekwiltok, began to appear on Admiralty charts in the 1860s…It may mean 'unkillable' and might refer to a sea worm that can survive even if cut into pieces." 

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