Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (chĭm′shē-ən, tsĭm′-)
n. pl. Tsimshian or Tsi·mshi·ans
1. A member of a Native American people inhabiting a coastal area of western British Columbia and extreme southeast Alaska.
2. The family of languages spoken by the Tsimshian and related peoples.


1. (Peoples) a member of a Native Canadian people of northern British Columbia
2. (Languages) the Penutian language of this people
[C19: from Tsimshian, inside the Skeena River]


(ˈtʃɪm ʃi ən, ˈtsɪm-)

n., pl. -ans, (esp. collectively) -an.
1. a member of an American Indian people occupying a region of coastal British Columbia S of the present border with Alaska.
2. the language of the Tsimshian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tsimshian - a member of a Penutian people who lived on rivers and a sound in British ColumbiaTsimshian - a member of a Penutian people who lived on rivers and a sound in British Columbia
Penutian - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
2.Tsimshian - a Penutian language spoken by the TsimshianTsimshian - a Penutian language spoken by the Tsimshian
Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Its goal is to "develop and market products in a way that builds on the unique culture, knowledge, and heritage as Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people.
Some of her work uses boards saved from the homes of a Tsimshian village, a community of indigenous people living along the northern Pacific Northwest coast.
24,600 Tsimshian Carved and Painted Wood Shaman's Rattle, c.
Si descartamos la primera hipotesis en la mayoria de los casos, no podemos defendemos en presencia del siguiente cuento de los indios Tsimshian (Columbia Britanica) que nos hace pensar en historias infantiles:
Barbeau and MacMillan had collected musical materials on a field trip in 1927; MacMillan's transcriptions from the trip were published in The Tsimshian, Their Arts and Music, V.
a citizen of the United States who is a person of one-fourth degree or more Alaska Indian (including Tsimshian Indians not enrolled in the Metlakatla Indian Community) Eskimo or Aleut blood, or combination thereof.
It is the only place in the world where you can see the Kermode - or spirit - bear, noted for its white fur, and sacred to the Tsimshian people.
When the children of the Tsimshian village of Kitkatla capture and mistreat a crow, the Chief of the Heavens, angered at their disrespect, brings a powerful storm.
Lors d'un detour culturel qu'effectue l'auteur sur la Cote Ouest, a l'occasion duquel il evoque le rituel punitif que subit un chasseur blanc de porcs epies par les Tsimshian pour avoir abuse de son butin, il enseigne combien, devant la fatalite d'une force exterieure destructrice des pratiques et des valeurs, la seule issue est de la contenir tant bien que mal avec le reste de dignite et de respect qu'il est toujours possible de regagner.
She is of mixed Aboriginal descent, including Tsimshian, Gitxsan, and Nisga'a, as well as some Scottish.
Alaska Natives in the north (Inupiat) have extremely high rates, but those in other areas/tribes (Aleut, Haida, Tsimshian, etc.