Thanks pard. It is amazing what a little investigation into "FACTS" will do. My only contention was that it translates into "beautiful butt" in Spanish, which it does, and that Spanish explorers, specifically Captain Revillagidedo, for whom the island that Ketchikan, Alaska sits on is named.In that Ketchikan is a mere 100 miles from Bela Coola, B.C. it is not a giant leap to think that the town was named in the Spanish language.
I went 'googling' ..... found out that "bella/bello" is indeed beautiful in the romance languages. Only reference I could find re: "coola" was the Italian word 'culo' m. (vulgar) ass. Seems you might be right about a similar word in Spanish.
However, I wouldn't bandy your definition about in Bella Coola. The natives and later Norwegian settlers might take umbridge.
Now, back to "Wild Bunch North" ..... ;>)
I stumbled into a video shop t'other day and asked if they had a copy of the "Wild Bunch". The clerk walked right over to it, a new enhanced DVD 'director's cut'. I asked if it was for sale and it was. Gotta set aside some time to watch it .....