The Hupacasath, or formerly the Opetchesaht First Nation, are part of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples and are located in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. In relation to other Nuu-chah-ulth Nations, the Hupcasath territory is vast, the boundaries related to four mountain peak areas, Mount Chief Frank, 5040 Peak and Hannah Mountain, Mount Arrowsmith and Mount Spencer and Big Interior Mountain. There are 300 members of the Hupacasath Nation and 5 reserves, The 3 main tribes that make up the Hupacasath Nation are the Muh-uulth-ant , Kleh-koot-aht , and the Cuu-ma-as-aht. The Muh-uulth-ant, meaning 'people from the place where there is a mountain with the face burnt off,' live in the Great Central Lake area. The Kleh-Koot-aht lived near Ahahswinis, which means 'cleared in the middle,' this makes up much of the location where Port Alberni is today. Located near Kleh-Koot or Sproat Lake is the traditional territory of the Cuu-ma-as-aht. These tribes amalgamated before contact with Europeans as they were at war with the Coast Salish Nations.1
There are a number of print designs from the Hupcasath community in the print collections at the University of Victoria.