One must see their blood drawn, for how else can they know that they still live?The Kuqatay, literally meaning "heart," or "the hearts" when used in this context, are a group within the Votaw who are critical of their studious, peaceful ways— claiming that to live is to fight. To sit idly is to die.
Vitaw was once a war-torn land, which was, in fact, originally formed from two warring tribes. Both had grown used to the constant fighting, and this had seeped into both of their cultures. Many a tradition revolved around fighting, and so, once the fighting stopped— so too did much of their culture. It must, then, come as no surprise that some refused to let go of these traditions. As both tribes became more and more peaceful, calm, and happy with one another's presence, the rage of traditionalists and warriors alike would increase. When the time came for the tribes to join together as one, forming the nation of Vitaw, these war hawks would also join hands— in order to prevent the union. A fight was to be instigated, as the leaders of each tribe met in the village that would later become Yoqawil, the hawks would set it on fire— then fight amongst themselves, which would in theory spur everyone present to join in and ensure that the warring would continue forevermore. Instead, this would only seal the fate of both tribes— as both worked together to save the village after a fire started by one of the hawks lit it ablaze, forming stronger bonds with one another in the process. Furious, the war hawks would threaten those present that they would take the village for themselves— and bring their fury upon Vitaw.
Calm down, son, we can see y'all need some time to process things. Keep the village, and when you finally return home— you'll find that our new way of life is much more fulfilling.Some of the hawks would leave with the newly-combined tribes, and attempt to spread their ideals among their kin, but the majority would stay behind— forming the Kuqatay. Both those who left, and those who remained are referred to as Kuqatay— as both shared the same core ideals. Yoqawil has grown over the years as new bodies have joined their ranks, and remains a testament to their undying adherence to tradition. Today, many Kuqatay move frequently between the secluded town and the Votawan nation beyond.