[sey-lish-uh n, sal-ish-]
- a family of American Indian languages including Coeur d'Alêne, Kalispel, and other languages of British Columbia and the northwestern U.S.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of this language family or its speakers.
Origin of Salishan
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He printed a Salishan grammar , and prepared a Salishan-English dictionary.
Of the above tribes the Okinagan are now known to be Salishan.Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico
John Wesley Powell
The tribe here referred to belonged to the Salishan stock; see Franchre's Narrative, in our volume vi, p. 340, note 145.
The Cowlitz were a numerous and powerful tribe of Salishan stock, in the valley of the river of that name.
This may also be said of some of the Salishan tribes, though others of the same stock have complicated systems.