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 (sā′lĭsh) also Sa·lish·an (-lĭ-shən)
n. pl. Salish also Salishan or Sa·lish·ans
1. A family of Native American languages of the northwest United States and British Columbia.
2. The group of Native American peoples speaking languages of the Salish family.
3. The Flathead people.

[Southern Interior Salish se'lish, Flatheads.]

Sa′lish, Sa′lish·an adj.


(ˈseɪ lɪʃ ən, ˈsæl ɪʃ-)

a family of American Indian languages spoken or formerly spoken by peoples of S British Columbia and the northwest U.S.
[1885–90, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Salishan - a family of Mosan language spoken in northwestern United States and western CanadaSalishan - a family of Mosan language spoken in northwestern United States and western Canada
Mosan - a family of Amerindian languages spoken in Washington and British Columbia
Skagit - a Salishan dialect spoken by the Skagit
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GLENEDEN BEACH - Northwest Christian's Josh Goins shot a 2-under 69 on Tuesday to move into a tie for seventh-place overall on the final day of the Coastal Collegiate Classic men's golf tournament at Salishan Golf Links.
These trails will connect the newly-revitalized Salishan neighborhood, the planned Eastside community center, and a regional trail.
The Native people divide into two principal linguistic divisions, the Salishan in the north and the Sahaptian speaking peoples of the south; with a few Athabascans, Chinookians and the Kutenai.
It also suggests the Salishan potlatch ceremony in which a blanket is draped around the shoulders of the person being honoured, while visitors are called on to witness and remember the events.
This is, for instance, the case of the following languages: Siouan (from the Macro-Siouan phylum), Algonquian (from the Macro-Algonquian phylum, probably the most extended family of native languages in North America), Muskhogean (of the Macro-Algonquian phylum), Salishan (to which Bella Coola belongs), Shoshonean (of the Uto-Aztecan family, the Numic-Plateau-Shoshonean group), Wakashan (to which belong Kwakiutl and Nootkan), Caddoan (of the Macro-Siouan phylum), Athapascan(-eyak) (of the NaDene phylum, to which also belong Navajo and Chipewyan).
The drum songs at the honor feast were plains culture except for one traditional Salishan hand drum number.
Haas (1978) refers to diminutives in Snohomish, a (now nearly extinct) Salishan language, spoken in the North West of Washington State, close to Canadian border (Lewis 2009).
Salishan tribes valued lateral kinship, and without a territorial court to claim jurisdiction over her, Nora would most likely have joined Ellen Jones's household after losing her parents.
The 10,000th home to earn LEED certification was Tacoma Housing Authority's 91-unit development, Salishan 7 in Washington.
6) The native Salishan languages of western North America (such as Nuxalk, or Bella Coola) contain bewilderingly long clusters of voiced and unvoiced consonants without intervening vowels, thus calling into question the very notion of a syllable-based analysis of language.
Salishan Redevelopment (Phase I), the representative project, is a HOPE VI renewal project of 855 housing units built on 188 acres during World War II.
Much Native nonfiction includes memoir, such as Janet Campbell Hale's Bloodlines (1998) and the much earlier, eponymous Mourning Dove: A Salishan Autobiography (1994), and much of it includes commentary, such as Taiaiake Alfred's Peace, Power, Righteousness (1999) and Dale Turner's This Is Not A Peace Pipe (2006).