James Sewid

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James Sewid
Born(1913-12-31)December 31, 1913
DiedMay 18, 1988(1988-05-18) (aged 74)
AwardsOrder of Canada

James Sewid, OC (December 31, 1913 – May 18, 1988) was a Canadian fisherman, author and former Chief councillor of the Kwakwaka'wakw at Alert Bay, British Columbia.[1]

In 1969, he published his autobiography Guests Never Leave Hungry: The Autobiography of James Sewid, a Kwakiutl Indian, edited by James P. Spradley. The book was reprinted in 1995, several years after Sewid's death.[2]

In 1971, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to the welfare of his people and for fostering an appreciation of their cultural heritage".[3]


  1. ^ "SEWID, Jame". ABCBookWorld.
  2. ^ James Sewid in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  3. ^ Order of Canada citation