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Tsimshian, Native American tribe, residing in British Columbia along the Nass and Skeena rivers. Known for their seaworthy canoes and elaborate totem poles, the tribe became wealthy during the late 18th and early 19th centuries through trade with European sea merchants exploring the west coast of North America. Tsimshian are known for the potlatch, a complex ceremony marking important events, such as marriages or deaths. There are about 12,000 Tsimshian in British Columbia today.

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