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Saanich Language (Samish, Lummi, North Straits Salish)
There were originally several dialects of Northern Straits Salish, including Saanich,
and Lummi, all
of which were similar enough that a speaker of one could understand a speaker of another. Today, only a few dozen native speakers
of the Saanich dialect of Straits Salish remain, although there are still partially fluent speakers of Lummi and Samish.
Straits Salish is a Salishan language of British Columbia and
Washington state, most closely related to Klallam.
˜ Saanich Language Saanich language samples and resources.
˜ Straits Salish Culture and History Information and links about the Straits Salish tribes past and present.
˜ Saanich Indian Legends Introduction to Straits Salish mythology.
Our Straits Salish Language Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in Saanich, Samish, and Lummi, with comparison to words in other Salishan languages.
Straits Salish Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Online dictionary and a linguistic dissertation on Saanich.
The Northern Straits Salish Language
Profile and linguistic bibliography of Lummi, Saanich, and Samish from the Yinka Dene Language Institute.
Saanich language orthography and text example.
Pacific Northwest place names in Straits Salish, Lushootseed, Shuswap, Nuxalk, Spokane, and Coeur d'Alene.
Demographic information about the Saanich-Samish-Lummi language from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Pacific Northwest Language Domains:
Language map of Lummi and other Northwest Coast languages of Washington, Oregon and California.
Canadian Human Rights Tribute: Saanich:
Plaque written in the Saanich Indian language.
Straits Salish Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
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.
Native American Language Dictionaries:
Saanich and other American Indian dictionaries and language materials for sale.
Links, References, and Additional Information
North Straits Salish Language:
Encyclopedia articles on Aguaruna.
Information about the Northern Straits language in Spanish.
Saanich language links.
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