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Northern Straits Salish Culture and History

As a complement to our Straits Salish language information, we would like to share our collection of indexed links about the North Straits Salish people and various aspects of their society. In addition to the general links about North Straits Indian culture on this page, please see our specific pages on the Saanich, Samish, Songish, Lummi, Sooke, and Semiahmoo tribes.

The emphasis of these pages is on American Indians as a living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Salish history is interesting and important, but the North Straits tribes are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern authors as well as traditional folklore, contemporary artwork as well as museum pieces, and the issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Tribal and Community Links

Official homepages of individual Straits Salish nations, with information about tribal leadership, services, and events:
Tsawout First Nation

Tsartlip Saanich First Nation

Samish Indian Nation

Songhees Nation

Lummi Nation

T'sou-ke First Nation

Semiahmoo First Nation


Maps of Straits Salish Lands

Northern Straits Map:
     Maps of the Indian tribes and bands of the North Straits.
Coast Salish Villages of Puget Sound:
     Detailed maps of the Indian tribes and bands of the Puget Sound area in the early 1800's, including the Lummi, Samish and Songish.

North Straits Salish Lifestyle and Traditions

The Straits Salish Tribes:
     Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Straits Salish Indians.
Saanich Legends:
    Collection of Straits Salish Indian legends and folktales.
Lummi * Samish * Semiahmoo * Songhees:
    Historical timelines for several Straits Salish tribes.
Lummi Frybread:
     Lummi Indian recipe.

Books for sale on the North Straits Salish Tribes

Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory:
    Archaeology and early history of the Coast Salish tribes of the San Juan Islands.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
    Myths and legends of the Northwest Coast tribes of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.
Saanich Classified Word List * Phonology, Morphology, and Word List for the Samish Dialect of Straits Salish
     Linguistics books on Northern Straits Salish for sale online.
Songhees Pictorial: A History of the Songhees People:
    Illustrated book on Songish Indian history and culture.
To Fish in Common: The Ethnohistory of Lummi Indian Salmon Fishing:
    Book on Lummi culture and tradition for sale.
American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about North Straits tribes and Native Americans in general.



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