Language: Pentlatch
Family: Central Salish
Stock: Salish
Phylum: Mosan
Macro-Culture: Northwest Coast
Speakers 40     (1990 M.D.Kincade)  
       The Seechelt were a sedentary coastal hunter/gatherer tribe that relied heavily on fishing. They lived on Jervis and Seechelt Inlet, Nelson Island and the southern part of Texada Island. Two of the Seechelt septs (Kunechin and Tsonai) are said to have descended from the Kwakiutl [?]. After the White influx, the Seechelt consolidated into one village, suffering large population losses.
Aboriginal Locations
BC      Kunechin, Staiakos, Tsonai, Tuwanek
Present Locations
BC Sechelt Indian Band, Sechelt
Year History
1640 Probably met by Fuentes
1775 Bodega and Maurelle passed their coast
1792 Visited by Capt. George Vancouver, and by Valdes and Galiano
1820 Began visiting Fort Langley
1843 Hudson Bay Co. post at Victoria established
186X Arrival of Catholic missionaries
1862 Smallpox epidemic
1885 Potlatch banned in British Columbia
1951 Potlatch ban repealed
Year BC Population   Source
1700 1,000   NAHDB calculation
1780 1,000   Mooney estimate
1800 1,000   NAHDB calculation
1900 250   NAHDB calculation
1902 236   CDIA
1909 244   CDIA
2000 1,000   NAHDB calculation
2005 1,052   Indian Life Online
Other speakers of the same language:
Sechelt Tribe Sites:
First Nations History in the Gulf Islands
Kahtou Newspaper
Legacy of Woven Baskets's%20guide%201998/legacyofbskts.htm
Sechelt Band Self Government Act
Sechelt, BC
Sechelt Indian Band
Sechelt Indian Band
Sechelt Indian Band
Sechelt Indian Band Self Employment Program
Sechelt Indian Government District
Sechelt Language
Sechelt Language
Sechelt Language
Sechelt Language Plaque
Sechelt Linguistic Lineage
Sechelt Nation
Seechelt Indians of Canada

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