- a member of any of various North American Indian peoples speaking a Salishan language.
Origin of Salish
From the Southern Interior Salish word séʔliš Flatheads
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Examples from the Web for salish
Most of the Salish in the United States are on reservations.Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico
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These houses are sometimes 40 by 100 feet in the Nootka and Salish regions, and are occupied by a number of families.The Myths of the North American Indians
Among the Salish, the totem is frequently represented upon the interior walls of the house.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
Among the Salish the day is divided according to the position of the sun into nine parts.
The Tushepaw nation might as correctly be included in the Salish family or omitted altogether.
Salishan (ˈseɪlɪʃən, ˈsæl-)
- a family of North American Indian languages spoken in the northwestern US and W Canada
- the Salish (functioning as plural) the peoples collectively who speak these languages, divided in Canada into the Coast Salish and the Interior Salish
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Word Origin and History for salish
self-designation of the Native American people of Montana also known as Flathead, from a term containing -ish "people." The language group that includes their tongue has been called Salishan.
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