Alternative BC First Nations Names
There has been a lot of confusion created around First Nations by the early explorers and government officials who made little attempt to find out what the proper names for native peoples.
For example, the Nootka Nation (now Nuu-chah-nulth) were incorrectly named by Captain James Cook. Nootka actually means to look out for submerged rocks.
Often recorders were only familiar with the sounds of English and could not recognize the phenomenes of the foreign language they were recording, while others did not even attempt a native name and merely assigned an English name.