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Comox Language (Sliammon, Salhulhtxw)

The Comox or Sliammon language is one of the Salishan family of languages, spoken by around 400 people in British Columbia, Canada. There were originally two dialects of this language, Mainland Comox (or Sliammon) and Island Comox (or Salhutltxw), but only the Sliammon dialect is still spoken today. Most fluent Comox speakers are elders, but the language is being taught to children in the Sliammon First Nation schools to ensure its survival.

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Comox Language Resources

The Comox/Sliamon Language
     Profile and linguistic bibliography of Comox from the Yinka Dene Language Institute.
First Nations Language Groups at the Time of European Contact:
    Linguistic map of Canada showing where Comox and other Salishan languages have been spoken.
Omniglot: Comox:
    Profile of the Comox language including a phonological inventory, orthography and a text.
Comox Language Plaque
     Canadian human rights tribute written in Comox.
     Demographic information about the Comox language from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Comox Language Tree:
    Theories about Comox's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Comox Language Structures:
    Comox linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Lengua Comox-Sliammon:
    Information about the Comox language including a linguistic map of the Northwest Coast. Page in Spanish.

Comox Culture and History Links

Sliammon First Nation
     Official homepage of the Sliammon tribe.
Sliammon Treaty Society
     Tribal organization responsible for negotiating with the Canadian government.
The Comox:
     Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Squamish and Comox Indians.
Northern Georgia Strait Coast Salish:
    History of the Pentlatch, Comox, and Sechelt tribes in Canada.
Canadian Peoples: Salish:
    Ethnography of the Comox and other Salishan nations.
Comox Legends:
    Collection of Comox mythology and traditional stories.
Comox Map
     Maps showing Pentlatch, Sechelt, and Comox Indian territories.
Canoeing Cultures: Coast Salish:
    Comox and other Coast Salish canoe-building and traditional culture.
I-Hos Gallery
     Vancouver Island art gallery featuring traditional Comox artwork.
Comox Gambling Sticks:
    Comox games and toys.
   Coast Salish:
   Encyclopedia articles about the Coast Salish tribes.
Four Directions: Comox:
    Timeline and links about Comox history.

Books For Sale On The Comoxes
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Sliammon Life, Sliammon Lands
     Book on the Sliammon Indian tribe for sale online.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Comox:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Comox language and people.
  Les Amérindiens Salish de la Colombie-Britannique * Salish de la côte * Famille des langues salish:
  Information about the Comox tribe and other Salish people in French.

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