Kiwa Creek

British Columbia. Creek: Fraser River drainage
Flows NE into Fraser River near Shere
53.0217 N 119.5636 W — Map 083E04 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1963
Official in BCCanada
This creek appears on:
Pre-emptor’s map Tête Jaune 3H 1919 [Kiwa (Little Shuswap) Cr.]
W. A. D. Munday’s map Cariboos 1925

Before 1915, the creek was called the Little Shuswap River (Raush River was the Big Shuswap). “Kiwa Creek is known locally as Little Shuswap,” Munday wrote in 1925.


  • Munday, Walter Alfred Don [1890–1950]. “In the Cariboo Range – Mt. David Thompson.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 15 (1925):130-136

One thought on “Kiwa Creek

  1. Robert Frear

    Interesting language parallel on the Kiwa / Kiwah!

    “Five years a captive among the Black-Feet Indians, or, A thrilling narrative of the adventures, perils and suffering endured by John Dixon and his companions, among the savages of the Northwest Territory of North America”

    Crakes, Sylvester

    We found a rare species of bird as an inhabitant of these mountain fastnesses, which I wish to describe more particularly. To me its manners and appearance were quite novel, and I am satisfied that in Europe there are none like it. I am not an ornithologist, and can not describe the bird technically; but in size it was about equal to the robin, with alternate black and yellow spots covering the body, excepting the wings, which are a beautiful bright crimson.

    It is a delightful singer, with notes clear, shrill and melodious, which are only heard early in the morning and during the summer months. The Indians, I learned subsequently, at tach a degree of sacredness to this bird, and will, under no circumstances, permit it to be killed or in any way molested, believing they are messengers to them, indicative of good fortune, peace and plenty.

    These birds are not numerous, and it is only occasionally that the adventurer among these mountains gets sight of one. They are exceedingly shy and timid, and on the first alarm disappear.

    The natives of these regions call this bird Kiwah, which signifies, in the Black-Feet language, “sacred.”


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