Fig. 256 represents a Sahaptin sign given to the writer by a gentleman long familiar with the northwestern tribes of Indians.
The following grammatical notes will serve to illustrate the Yakima and some of the other languages of the Sahaptin family.
Neither are there wanting affinities to the Sahaptin and Cays languages, allied to each other.
Of all these tribes, the Nez Perces or Sahaptin were the most numerous and progressive.
In the Nahuatl, Sahaptin, and Selish families it is most prominent.
Again, the Shoshoni and Sahaptin have several words in common, and those out of short vocabularies.
The Sahaptin family seem to have been in general of the best grade of Indians.