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Samish Culture and History

As a complement to our Straits Salish language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Samish tribe and their society. The emphasis of these pages is on Samishes and other American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Samish history is interesting and important, but the Samish 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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Samish Tribal and Community Websites

Samish Indian Nation:
    Homepage of the Samish Tribe of Washington state.
Tulalip Tribes
     Homepage of the Tulalip reservation, where many Samish people live today (along with descendants of other Puget Sound tribes.)

Samish Lifestyle and Tradition

The Straits Salish Tribes:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Sooke, Songish, Samish, Semiahpoo, and Lummi Indians.
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.
Samish Tribe:
    Samish Indian timeline and links.
Saanich Legends:
    Collection of Straits Salish Indian legends and folktales.
Northern Straits Map:
    Map showing Klallam, Squamish, Nooksack, Halqomelem, and Northern Straits Indian territories.
Tulalip Flag:
    Samish flags.
Tulalip Tribes License Plate:
    Tulalip license plates.

Books for sale on the Samish Indians
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Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory:
    Archaeology and early history of the Samish and other Coast Salish tribes of the San Juan Islands.
Phonology, Morphology, and Word List for the Samish Dialect of Straits Salish:
    Linguistics books on Samish for sale online.
Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest:
    Myths and legends of the Northwest Coast tribes of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Samish.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

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

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