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Saanich Culture and History

As a complement to our Saanich language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Saanich tribe and their society. The emphasis of these pages is on Saaniches and other American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Saanich history is interesting and important, but the Saanich Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Saanich Tribal and Community Websites

Official homepages of Saanich tribes and nations of British Columbia:
Tsawout First Nation
Tsartlip Saanich First Nation

Saanich Lifestyle and Tradition

Coast Salish Ethnography: The Saanich:
    Excerpts from an anthropology report on the Saanich Indians of Vancouver Island.
The Straits Salish Tribes:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Straits Salish Indians.
Central Coast Salish Nations:
    History of the Straits and other Coast Salish tribes in Canada.
Coast Salish House:
    Recreation of a 19th-century Coast Salish house.
Saanich Dice Game:
    Saanich toys and games.
Saanich Legends:
    Collection of Saanich Indian legends and folktales.
Northern Straits Map:
    Map showing Klallam, Squamish, Nooksack, Halqomelem, and Northern Straits Indian territories.
Canoeing Cultures: Coast Salish:
    Saanich and other Coast Salish canoe-building and traditional culture.
Salish Spindle Whorl:
    Pictures of a Vancouver Island Salish weaving tool, with information about Salish textile arts.
Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage: Coast Salish:
    Online exhibit of Coast Salish artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Books for sale on the Saanich Indians
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Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory:
    Archaeology and early history of the Saanich and other Coast Salish tribes of the San Juan Islands.
Saanich Classified Word List:
    Linguistics books on Saanich for sale online.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
    Myths and legends of the Northwest Coast tribes of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Saanich People:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Saanich Indians.
   Coast Salish:
   Encyclopedia articles about the Coast Salish tribes.
  Peuples autochtones de la côte pacifique * Salish de la côte centrale * Famille des langues salish:
  Information about the Straits Salish people in French.
   Saanich links.

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