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Songish Culture and History

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

Songhees Nation:
    Homepage of the Songhees Tribe of British Columbia.

Songish 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.
Songhees Tribe:
    Songish 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.

Books for sale on the Songish Indians
Our organization earns a commission from any book bought through these links

Songhees Pictorial: A History of the Songhees People:
    Illustrated book on Songish Indian history and culture.
Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory:
    Archaeology and early history of the Songish and other 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.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Songhees People:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Songish Indians.
  Les Am√©rindiens Songhees du Canada:
  Information about the Songish First Nation in French.
   Songish links.

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