Wickananish

Wickananish, or Wikinanish, meaning "having no one in front of him in the canoe," Nootka chief (fl 1788-93). Wickananish was the leading chief at Clayoquot Sound, on the W coast of Vancouver I, during the period of initial European contact. Because trading vessels visited Clayoquot Sound less frequently than Nootka, Wickananish was not as well known as MAQUINNA but he was certainly as wealthy and powerful as his neighbour. Wickananish had achieved prominence in Nootka society according to traditional patterns and then, with the coming of the white man, he was able to consolidate and enhance his position by controlling the local maritime FUR TRADE.