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Steilacoom Indian Language

The Steilacoom Indians are a small Salishan tribe of Washington State, relatives of the Nisqually Indians. They have also been known as the Stillacum, Shilacum, or Steilacoomamish. Some Steilacoom descendants live together with other Washington Coast tribes on the Tulalip reservation, but other Steilacoom people maintain a tribal community of their own and have been seeking government recognition as a distinct tribe. The Steilacoom were speakers of a Lushootseed Salish dialect. The Steilacoom dialect is no longer spoken today, but some young people have been working to learn the Salish language again.

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Steilacoom Language Resources

MultiTree: Northern Lushootseed:
    Theories about Stillacum's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Lushootseed Salish Language:
    Our online Lushootseed language resources, including Steilacoom.

Steilacoom Culture and History Links

The Tulalip Tribes:
    Homepage of the Tulalip reservation, where many Steilacoom people live today.
Steilacoom Tribe:
    Website and blog of the Steilacoom Tribe of Pierce County.
Steilacoom Tribe journey from past to present:
    Newspaper article about the Steilacoom people in the past and today.

Books for sale on the Steilacoom Indians

A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Steilacoom.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Die Steilacoom:
Information about the Steilacooms and their language in German.



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