Mowachaht/Muchalaht people maintained residence in Yuquot during the summers for generations. At the time of contact there was an esitmated 1,500 people residing at the village in 20 large, multi-family longhouses. The buildings ranged in size from 24 to 30 feet wide and about 150 feet long. At this location there were ample resources, and the people engaged in fishing for salmon and dogfish as well as picking berries like blueberries, huckleberries, sallal berries, and salmon berries.
The people of Yuquot were also known to be great whalers and had a whaling society that flourished for hundreds of years. They built a shrine commemorating the members of the society, which is comprised of carved human and whale figures as well as 16 human skulls.