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 (wä-kăsh′ən, wô′kə-shăn′)
A family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Nootka and other peoples of Washington and British Columbia.

[Alteration of Wakashian, nonce-word used to describe the Nootka by Captain James Cook in his account of the Pacific Northwest : Nootka wa·ka·š, good (considered by Cook to be the characteristic exclamation of the Nootka ) + -ian.]

Wa·kash′an adj.


(wɑːˈkæʃən; ˈwɔːkəˌʃɑːn)
1. (Languages) a family of North American Indian languages of British Columbia and Washington, including Kwakiutl and Nootka
2. (Peoples) a speaker of any of these languages
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Wakashan - a member of one of the peoples in British Columbia and Washington who speak the Wakashan language
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
Kwakiutl - a member of the Wakashan people living around Queen Charlotte Sound and on northern Vancouver Island
Nootka - a member of the Wakashan people living on Vancouver Island and in the Cape Flattery region of northwestern Washington
2.Wakashan - a family of North American Indian languages of British Columbia and Washington
Mosan - a family of Amerindian languages spoken in Washington and British Columbia
Kwakiutl - a Wakashan language spoken by the Kwakiutl
Nootka - a Wakashan language spoken by the Nootka
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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).
Nature and culture on the northwest coast of North America: The case of the Wakashan salmon resources.
"Among the Wakashan Indians of the Pacific Northwest, a grammatically correct sentence can't be formed without providing what linguists refer to as 'evidentiality,' inflecting the verb to indicate whether you are speaking from direct experience, inference, conjecture, or hearsay."