Salishan First Nations

SALISHAN FIRST NATIONS are aboriginal peoples speaking languages related within the Salishan family of languages. Although Salishan First Nations originally occupied territories from Idaho (the Coeur d'Alene) to Oregon (the Tillamook) and were the predominant stock in what is now Washington state, 12 of the 23 Salish tongues were spoken in BC. Some Salishan tongues were spoken in numerous dialectal forms, and a few (OKANAGAN and NORTHERN STRAITS) were spoken by groups that spanned the 49th...

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