In Salish, what word means "children of the sun"?
#101707. Asked by zbeckabee. (Dec 14 08 11:23 PM)
"The city was settled in 1871 as "Spokan Falls" (without an 'e' at the end), drawing on the Native American tribe known as the Spokane, which means "Children of the Sun” in Salish. The city's name is often mispronounced "Spo-CAIN", while the correct pronunciation is "Spo-CAN.""
Sa·lish also Sa·lish·an|
n. pl. Salish or Salishans
1. A family of Native American languages of the northwest United States and British Columbia.
a. The group of Native American peoples speaking languages of the Salish family.
b. A member of this group.
[Southern Interior Salish se'lish, Flatheads.]
The indigenous people of North America, also known as the Salish, who in the early 19th cent. inhabited the Bitterroot River valley of W Montana. Their language belongs to the Salishan branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock. These people never practiced head flattening, but the Columbia River tribes who shaped the front of the head to create a pointed appearance spoke of their neighbors, the Salish, as flatheads in contrast.
By the Garfield Treaty (1872) the Flathead agreed to move north to the valley of the lake and river now bearing their name, where, with a band of the Kootenai, they dwell and together number some 2,800. The city of Seattle is named after one of their great chiefs.
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